By Coral Barry
Roy Keane has been approached by Celtic to become their new manager, according to a report.
The current Republic of Ireland assistant coach has been linked with the Celtic post since Ronny Deila confirmed he would be stepping down as manager in the summer after a turbulent two years at the club.
Keane finished his playing career with the Hoops, winning the league and league cup double in 2006, and was an instant hit with the fans for his obvious passion and commitment despite only spending six months at Celtic Park.
The likes of Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert have been the bookies’ favourites since Deila announced his exit, but the Sunday Post are now claiming that Celtic have firmed up their interest in Keane and have already made the Irishman promises should he decide to take the job.
The Post report that owner Dermot Desmond has pledged to give Keane access to a £15million transfer kitty if he comes on board, as Celtic look to turn around their Champions League woes.
Celtic did have an excellent record of reaching the Champions league group stages, but the Scottish giants have failed to make it through the qualifying rounds since Deila’s arrival in 2014.
The European disappointment has been a major sticking point for the club’s owners and the Hoops faithful and the Post claim Keane would only consider the post if he was assured there would be money to spend in the summer.
Much has been made about the quality and size of the Celtic team, with Deila himself admitting his squad was too big and did not have enough stars in its ranks.
Keane has already outlined his intention to return to the managerial world, but has insisted he will not entertain offers until Ireland’s European Championships campaign is over.