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

Nicky Butt would bring a winning mentality back to Celtic if appointed as Roy Keane’s assistant manager, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the pair would transform the mindset in the Hoops’ dressing room.

As revealed by Football Insider, Butt, 46, has been lined up to join the coaching staff at Parkhead if Keane is appointed manager.

Football Insider has since confirmed Keane has been interviewed by the Celtic board and is very keen to succeed Neil Lennon.

Meanwhile, Butt quit Manchester United’s academy after nine years last week to pursue a “new professional challenge”.

Whelan insisted the former midfielder would be a fantastic appointment alongside Keane.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge. “You keep people close to you that you’ve worked with. They know each other very, very well.

“Two very feisty, committed players when they were out there, but also two players who were winners, serial winners.

“That’s what they want to bring back at Celtic. They want to bring that fighting mentality back and that winning mentality because it seems like it dipped this year. It wasn’t there.

“You need to jump back onto that as quickly as possible. You can’t look any further than two players that have gone out and won pretty much everything, bar the World Cup.” 


Butt returned to Old Trafford as a reserve team coach in 2012 and was made head of the academy in 2016.

A restructure in 2019 saw him take charge as head of first-team development, helping youngsters make the step up into the senior side.

In other news, Celtic close to hiring ‘Massive’ Hoops fan from Premier League giants, Lawwell’s son paves way.