Tuesday 25 September 2018

Roy right for Celtic

But Ireland No. 2 facing a fight for Parkhead postion

Roy Keane. Keane was in Cork yesterday at a business conference.
Roy Keane. Keane was in Cork yesterday at a business conference.

Roy Keane faces stiff competition from dark horse candidate Henrik Larsson and Hibs boss Alan Stubbs for the soon to be vacant Celitc job.

Aware that his next appointment could make or break him, Celtic presents a much more attractive option for him now than it did two years ago when he was offered the job by Dermot Desmond.

But there's a queue forming which includes Larsson, Stubbs, David Moyes and Neil Lennon who has admitted that he would be more than happy to return.

"Of course, who wouldn't for a job like that. I'm not promoting myself for the job. I'll leave that to the powers that be. If I get the opportunity to speak to the Celtic Board then I will," he said.

"I'm five and half years as a manager and I know what I'm walking in to. There will be a long, long list and I can't get too far ahead of myself."

Keane's first reaction to the vacancy at Parkhead in the summer was abrupt: "I've two jobs, ITV and Ireland! No comment."

"There are always jobs out there and I'm not going to go out looking for jobs, if people want you they come looking for you. I'm enjoying it with Martin, but the best place for me to learn is back in the hot seat."

Helsingborgs boss Larsson kicked for touch but didn't rule out an interest in managing Celtic.

"It's nothing I think about at the moment," said Larsson. "I'm only focusing on Helsingborgs. If I say this or if I say that it could be wrong.

"What I can say is that I'm not thinking about it now. I'm only focusing at Helsingborgs," he added.

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