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Mulgrew backs Keane for Paradise position


Charlie Mulgrew

Charlie Mulgrew

Charlie Mulgrew

CHARLIE Mulgrew would love to see Roy Keane appointed as Celtic manager,

In the summer of 2010 Mulgrew was one of Neil Lennon’s first signings and has starred in midfield or central defence over the last four seasons.

Speculation that Keane was in the frame to take over from Lennon was confirmed by Martin O’Neill last night with Mulgrew giving the thumbs up from the Celtic dressing room.

“I’m sure he’d be a good man for the job,” he said after scoring for Scotland against Nigeria on Wednesday night.

“As a player, I think the club needs a big character and he definitely fits the bill, that’s probably the type of guy that would be good for the job.”

Whoever replaces Lennon knows that Champions League qualification is the new benchmark for Celtic managers.

The liquidation of Rangers has made the title virtually a formality but the Champions League draw could prove dangerous.

Swedish champions Malmo and Stromgodset from Norway will be among the unseeded sides in the second round draw, alongside St Pat’s and Cliftonville, with a July trip to Scandinavia the last thing that the new manager will want.

With Celtic Park being used for the Commonwealth Games Celtic will play their opening matches at Murrayfield with Mulgrew well aware of the importance of the Champions League.

“Of course, we want a manager as soon as possible because it gets us prepared for the Champions League qualifiers,” he added.

“I’m sure the club will take its time to get the right man, as long as it’s a big character.

“I’m sure the club will look into it and find the right man for the job.”