Players “around the world” will want to sign for Celtic if Roy Keane is appointed manager.

That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 49-year-old succeeding Neil Lennon at Parkhead.

This site revealed on Friday that the ex-Manchester United captain was interviewed by the Hoops last week and is keen to take the job.

Keane has been out of management since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011, but he has worked as Martin O’Neill’s assistant at Nottingham Forest and the Republic of Ireland since.

Phillips believes that Keane, who spent the final six months of his playing career at Parkhead, would be a smart appointment.

“At the end of the day, Roy has played there, he knows about the club,” he told Football Insider.

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“He is a big character who has the winning mentality needed to get Celtic back challenging again. They need to be up there, fighting for the title next season.

“He will gain the instant respect of the squad and transfer-wise, players around the world will want to come and play for him and that’s massively important.

“If you appoint him though, you have to expect a few bumps along the way. There will be a few scrapes with officials and occasionally he will say the wrong thing but that is just the way Roy is.

“The biggest thing is, if he gets the job, you are getting someone with a winning mentality. He knows what it takes to win football matches and titles. There is no-one better out there in terms of that as an ex-player.”

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