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Friday 19 January 2018

Keane rules out Celtic job

Roy Keane has ruled out a return to Celtic as their new manager. The Ipswich boss ended his playing career at Parkhead four years ago following a short spell in Glasgow and is on the bookmakers' shortlist to replace Tony Mowbray, who departed last month.

But the former Manchester United star has distanced himself from the speculation. "Be very surprised if you see me walking through the gates at Celtic Park -- except if it's for the Old Firm game on Tuesday week because I might come up for that one."

Keane believes Neil Lennon is doing a fine job as interim boss, even though the Hoops were recently knocked out of the Scottish Cup semi-final by Ross County, while anything less than a victory at Dundee United tomorrow will gift wrap the SPL title for Rangers.

"Celtic are a bigger club than anyone will ever understand unless they have been involved there," he said.

"I was there for six months and I had my problems with a few injuries, plus the manager didn't really pick me. The sheer size of the club is staggering.

"Neil has made that point. Hopefully, they will get the right manager and I have to say Lenny is doing well.

"He's won four league games, but I know they lost in the Scottish Cup. They're having disappointments, but that's when you find out who the real supporters are."

Even if Celtic manage to pick up three points at Tannadice, their Glasgow rivals will retain the title with a win at Hibs tomorrow.

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