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Roy Keane has the ‘personality’ to manage Celtic, claims Martin O’Neill

Keane was assistant to O’Neill at Nottingham Forest and Northern Ireland (Picture: Getty Images)

Martin O’Neill says Roy Keane has the right character to take over the vacant Celtic manager role.

The Manchester United legend’s last stint as a head coach was back in 2011 with Ipswich and he has worked as O’Neill’s assistant at Republic of Ireland and Nottingham Forest since then.

Keane, who also had a brief spell as Aston Villa’s assistant manager in 2014, is among the favourites to be named next permanent Celtic boss after Neil Lennon was relieved of his duties last month.

The Bhoys are searching for Neil Lennon’s replacement (Picture: Getty Images)

And O’Neill, who himself led the Bhoys to seven trophies over a five-year stint at Parkhead, feels Keane’s personality is a good fit for the Scottish giants.

‘He’s got the personality for a start,’ O’Neill told BBC Scotland Sportsound.

‘He was a massive player, an iconic figure in the game, one of the best midfield players in the modern day Premier League.

‘He led and cajoled Manchester United on for almost a decade.

‘He’s very strong-willed, and I know people then start to feel strong-willed people do not necessarily change or adapt. He has certainly got the capacity to do that – to motivate players, absolutely.

‘I worked with him at close hand. Sometimes in this game you get a reputation and that supersedes anything that you’re trying to do.

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‘Roy Keane has learned a great deal in the intervening years.

‘He was my assistant at Ireland and I know that’s a totally different job, but has Roy Keane got the personality to manage at the very top? Absolutely.’

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Chris Wilder are also in the running to take over at Celtic Park.


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