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Celtic could raid Manchester United for their best young players if Nicky Butt becomes Roy Keane’s assistant at Parkhead, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Aston Villa striker insisted the presence of Keane and Butt could “sway” the decision of players choosing their next destination.

This site revealed last Thursday (25th March) Butt had quit his role in Manchester United’s academy to potentially join Celtic as Keane’s assistant.

Nicky Butt has been appointed the new head of the Manchester United academy

Football Insider then revealed on Friday (26th March) Keane was interviewed by Parkhead chiefs last week and is very keen on taking the job.

Butt spent nearly two years at Old Trafford as head of first-team development helping bridge the gap between the youth team and first team.

However, six months ago he had an astonishing training ground bust-up with new director of football John Murtough with the pair almost coming to blows.

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Following Murtough’s promotion earlier this month the club announced Butt had resigned his position for a “new professional challenge”.

Asked whether Butt could lure some of United’s best young players to Glasgow if Keane is appointed as Celtic’s new manager, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m sure there will be loads of players who would want to go to Celtic and other clubs.

“If they have Manchester United legends at the club it will sway their decision a little bit. I can see that happening if those two go there.

“Celtic are a massive club and just because they’ve lost the title this season it doesn’t mean they can’t fight for it next season. They have every chance of winning it next season.”

Keane has been out of management for over a decade but has spent time as an assistant with the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

He spent six months as a player at Celtic at the end of his illustrious career.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has been left baffled as Aberdeen plot another reported Celtic approach.