Saturday 10 December 2016

'Is Roy ready to go? Yeah he could be' - Martin O'Neill admits Keane could be tempted if Celtic come calling

Harry Clarke

Published 12/05/2016 | 12:43

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane
Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

Martin O'Neill has given the clearest indication yet that Roy Keane would be tempted to leave his post as Ireland assistant manager if Celtic came calling.

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One prominent bookmakers has suspended betting on the Corkman taking over the vacant position at Parkhead and O'Neill today admitted that while he is not aware of any contact from Celtic, it is a move that would suite Keane.

"I wouldn't know that (Keane managing Celtic next season). Anything can happen between now and the start of next season," said O'Neill following today's squad announcement for Ireland's upcoming friendlies against Holland and Belarus.

"Who can say? I've said before that Roy would want to go in and manage in his own right, make the decisions, which is important, he's been used to making them throughout his life as player, captain and manager.

"I think this has been very good for him. Would he want to manage on his own again? Absolutely. If an opportunity comes up, a really good opportunity, I would wish him all the best."

Former Bhoys boss O'Neill feels that Celtic could offer Keane the perfect managerial outlet and admitted that it could be time for the former Ireland captain to go back into management.

"I think Celtic is one of the great clubs in the world and I'd have to say that Keane was one of the great players so that's not a bad fit for a start. Could he do the job? I'd have no problems with that. Would he be capable?

"Absolutely but as Roy said you still have to be asked and so far I'm not sure that's the case. I don't think he would give things up lightly. Something would have to..I think his phrase is...is rock his boat. He's enjoyed it here and it's been good for him but is he ready to go? Yeah he could be."

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