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Thursday 21 August 2014

Packie Bonner urges old team-mate to take job

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 31/05/2014 | 02:30

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Packie Bonner

GOALKEEPING legend Packie Bonner believes Roy Keane should take the managerial job at Celtic if it is offered to him.

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Bonner, who played with Keane for Ireland, was "unsurprised" the club have expressed an interest in the Corkman.

"There is a history there and Roy has a good relationship with Dermot Desmond who will call the shots on this one," he said.

"If I was in the same situation and Celtic came calling I would take the job."

Bonner described the potential career move as a logical "stepping stone".

"I can see why he would be attracted to it. It would be a stepping stone for Roy to become the main man. It's easy to see the attraction." On Thursday, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill confirmed that his 42-year-old assistant has held informal talks with Celtic.

"It's been great experience for Roy working so closely with O'Neill. If he does move it will be a pity for Ireland," Bonner said.

"It is a year too early but if a job comes up at Celtic you can't knock it back especially if you're number two.

"But it is a high pressure job. If someone went into that job and didn't get the team into the Champions League they would be under enormous pressure."

Bonner was speaking at the launch of new book 'Man to Man: Irish Stories of Hope in Prostate Cancer'.

The former goalkeeper was encouraged to support the cause as several of his friends have suffered from different forms of cancer.

"I have a good friend in Glasgow who has been through this and I know so many people who have been affected by cancer. Tommy Burns died of skin cancer in 2008 so it is something that resonates with me," he said.

The book contains accounts from men who have suffered with the illness including Labour TD Willie Penrose.

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