Roy Keane wants to return to Celtic as manager and would relish the chance to renew old rivalries with Steven Gerrard, according to reports. The former Manchester United captain left Old Trafford for Glasgow in 2005, where he eventually called time on his playing days to embark on his coaching career.
The 49-year-old held talks with Celtic back in 2014 about taking over as manager but the board instead decided to go with Ronny Deila.
Keane still holds the club in high regard though and has always been keen on returning to Celtic as manager one day.
Now could be the perfect chance to do so, following the departure of Neil Lennon at the end of last month.
According to The Sun, Keane is keen to sit down with Celtic and is interested in taking the job should an opportunity arise.
The Sun also claim that a key reason behind Keane’s interest in the job is the thought of locking horns with former Liverpool rival Gerrard once again.
Gerrard has led Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title for the first time in 10 years and is looking to permanently reclaim the guard north of the border, as he also targets European glory.
Keane is said to relishing the challenge of reasserting Celtic’s dominance up against a ‘Gers side that is hungry for more silverware.
Chris Wilder is also amongst the favourites for the job following his departure from Sheffield United last night.
Meanwhile, ex-Celtic striker John Hartson believes Keane could be the right man for the job.
“Celtic have not put up a fight. It is 21 points with seven games to go. They have won the league before the split,” Hartson told Off the Ball.
“That is the type of manager that is needed. When we mentioned Roy Keane, I think Roy would be excellent.
“He would be well-respected among the players, he would have learned a lot in terms of what he has achieved up to now.
“He has come from an assistant role – I wouldn’t be concerned.
“You know me, if I didn’t think Roy was the person that could galvanise the team and get them going, get them organised, then I would be the first one to say that. I think Roy would be good.”