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Keane in frame for Celtic job

ROY KEANE could emerge as the main candidate to take over from Tony Mowbray at Celtic -- if he leaves Ipswich Town before the start of next season.

The Bhoys, still smarting from their midweek disaster against St Mirren, were today preparing for life after Mowbray and coach Neil Lennon will be in charge for their game at home to Kilmarnock tomorrow.

Lennon has a handful of league games, as well as a Scottish Cup tie with Ross County, to prove himself capable of taking the job long-term and this morning some bookmakers have made the Co Armagh man favourite to be in charge at the start of next season.


But while names like David O'Leary, Paul Lambert, Slaven Bilic and even Giovanni Trapattoni have been mentioned, a large section of the Parkhead support would love to see Keane back at the club as boss.

Keane has stated his unhappiness with the position of Ipswich in the league table and has vowed to have an end-of-season clear-out, but if Ipswich owner Marcus Evans feels that Keane has not done enough with the budget provided at Portman Road, he could decide to axe Keane, which would open the possibility of the Cork native moving back to Celtic.

Ipswich are 16th in the table and eight points away from the drop zone in the Championship, but Keane is still wary of his side being dragged into a relegation dog-fight.