Roy Keane must improve his man-management skills if he is appointed the next Celtic manager, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said the 49-year-old is “a completely different character to Eddie Howe” who has stalled on taking over at Parkhead.

This site revealed on Monday that Keane is back in the frame to succeed Neil Lennon at Celtic Park nearly a month after he held talks with the club’s board over the role.

The former Man United captain has not managed a side since he was dismissed by Ipswich in January 2011, but he has held assistant roles under Paul Lambert and Martin O’Neill since.

Whelan fears Keane may take a similar approach to that of Jose Mourinho at Spurs if he was appointed the next Hoops manager.

“Keane is a completely different character to Eddie Howe,” he told Football Insider. “You cannot compare those two people. They both bring their own skill set and disciplines.

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“Keane has to realise that players are not as good as he was. If he got the job he would have to manage a team that is nowhere near as good as the one he played in.

“He would have to find that happy medium between being understanding and being a winer. That is what Roy Keane is, a winner.

“The game has changed though and man-management is an absolute must. It is fine being a pundit and being harsh but when it is your own team, you have to adapt and take a softer approach.

“There is no doubt that he has the credentials for the job though.

“The one thing you cannot afford to do is lose the team. Look at what happened to Mourinho at Spurs, he lost the players.”  

In other news, Celtic are set to get a “great deal” for Klimala with an exit reportedly imminent.