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‘Celtic call is one Roy would not ignore’ 
- O’Shea

IRELAND star John O’Shea believes that the Celtic job was the only post in football which could have lured Roy Keane away from his role with the FAI,

The Irish squad trained in Malahide this morning and flew out to London to prepare for tomorrow’s friendly against the World Cup-bound Italy at Craven Cottage. Roy Keane will be on board for that game but it’s almost certain that his time with the Irish squad will then end as he’s expected to take over from Neil Lennon at Parkhead once contract talks are concluded.

O’Shea, who has been a team-mate of Keane with Ireland and Manchester United and also played under him for Ireland when Keane took over as Martin O’Neill’s No 2, admits that Keane will be missed but he feels that the lure of Parkhead was too strong for Keane to ignore.

“We are well used to the speculation over the last few days. And Celtic are one of those clubs around the world that could have enticed Roy back into management and away from his current job,” O’Shea said this morning after training. “It’s something I am sure he will enjoy and he will relish the challenge of managing a fantastic club like Celtic.

“As the manager has said, we will all be disappointed if Roy does leave, he is a fantastic character to have on our side going into matches, the experience that he has already given to the players in the squad, so that will be disappointing to lose, but this is the only, or one of the few jobs, that would have enticed Roy away,” says O’Shea, who hopes that Keane’s exit can be coped with.

“The manager we have is very important and talented and it’s fortunate that, if this does happen, the manager has time to adjust his backroom team for the qualifiers, he has brought Steve Guppy and Steve Walford in for this week so if Roy does leave, we will have time to adjust,” says O’Shea.

The Sunderland man has not ruled out the idea of Keane keeping his FAI role while also working with Celtic.

“It’s something for other people to talk about, whether Roy could do the two jobs, I see no reason why we can’t do the two, but maybe Celtic and the FAI would prefer it to be one way or the other, it has been done in the past so why can’t it be done again,” said O’Shea.