Roy Keane is a very different person to his ‘TV identity’ and would be a ‘good fit’ as Celtic manager, says his former Ireland teammate Paul McGrath.
The Bhoys are set to appoint a new manager in the coming weeks, after Neil Lennon left the club in February as Rangers dethroned their great rivals as Scottish Premiership champions.
Keane has emerged as one of the favourites for the job, alongside the likes of Chris Wilder and Eddie Howe, and McGrath feels it would be a good appointment.
It has been over 10 years since Keane left his last job as manager, at Ipswich, but McGrath feels his fellow Irishman will have learned from his former jobs as manager and his coaching roles since then with his country, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
‘If Roy gets the Celtic job, he would go into the club and shake a few things up, which is what they need given what we have seen with that team this year,’ McGrath told the Sunday World.
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‘I feel he will have learned from what has happened in his management career so far, as shouting and screaming at modern day players just doesn’t work.
‘He would be a good fit for Celtic. Seeing him competing with Steven Gerrard at Rangers would have us all watching Old Firm matches next season and I hope he gets the job.
‘If he is allowed to get the right players in at a club he clearly loves, I’m sure the Celtic fans would warm to having him as their manager.’
McGrath has also revealed that Keane away from the cameras is very different to the aggressive character we see on screen as he takes no prisoners on Sky Sports.
Instead, the iconic midfielder is a friendly character that McGrath has always got on with.
‘The Roy Keane I know and like is not the man so many people believe him to be,’ said the Aston Villa legend. ‘I have always got on great with Roy.
‘He is a funny guy, a genuine person and has always been great company as a teammate and in the years since we both stopped playing.
‘I think the Roy Keane we see on Sky Sports is very much a guy who has created a TV identity and he lives up to it with his comments, but don’t kid yourself and think Roy is like that all the time.’
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