Wednesday 7 December 2016

Gordon believes Keane would be a success as Celtic manager

Published 11/05/2016 | 02:30

Roy Keane will be at the 2016 Euros this summer in his role as Ireland assistant manager. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Roy Keane will be at the 2016 Euros this summer in his role as Ireland assistant manager. Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Roy Keane would be a success if he became the next manager of the Parkhead club.

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The Irishman has been linked with the post to be vacated by Ronny Deila after the home game against Motherwell on Sunday, although he will be at the 2016 Euros this summer in his role as Ireland assistant manager.

The Hoops keeper played under Keane at Sunderland and was positive when asked if the former Manchester United midfielder was Celtic management material.

"Why not?" he said. "I don't want to single anybody out and talk about any one candidate.

"That's for once the games are finished with but certainly I've had him as a manager before.

"I know how he liked things to run at Sunderland and if he was appointed then I'm sure he would do well and would be successful.

"He's hard but fair. What you see is really what you get. With Roy Keane, he was an aggressive player who wanted to win every match and from what I've seen he's exactly the same as a manager."

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has confirmed that he will leave alongside Ronny Delia at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Stephen Ireland is facing a miserable start to his summer break after suffering a broken leg in training with Stoke yesterday.

The Corkman, who is under contract until the end of next season, faces an "extended spell on the sidelines" according to a statement on the club's website.

Ireland (29) has made just 13 Premier League appearances this season, all of those appearances coming as a substitute.

"The club wishes Stephen a speedy recovery and will offer him all the support he requires as he undergoes his rehabilitation," said a statement from the club.

Elsewhere, Swansea City are ready to spring a huge surprise by offering Francesco Guidolin a new contract, in a blow to Brendan Rodgers's hopes of returning to management.

Guidolin's future will be on the agenda at a board meeting today but it is understood Swansea are now leaning towards retaining the 60-year-old beyond the summer.

Irish Independent

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