McLeish: 'Box office' Keane would lure top signings to Celtic but I'd rather he 'stay on the telly'
Roy Keane would make Celtic a “very attractive” destination for potential new signings, according to Alex McLeish.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss admitted while he would rather the 49-year-old remained as a “box office” pundit, he has the credentials and character to take on the Parkhead job.
The Sun claim Keane is open to a return to management and has told friends he would jump at the vacant Celtic position.
The former midfielder spent six months as a Celtic player before hanging up his boots.
He has since managed Sunderland and Ipswich Town, although he left the Tractor Boys back in 2011.
After spells as assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, he has become a high-profile pundit.
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McLeish admitted he loved seeing Keane in the media but insisted he had the character to take on the pressure of the Celtic job.
“He’s very effective as a pundit, I love him,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“I think he’s box office so I’d rather see him stay on the telly. Roy’s got the drive and determination of an individual who would not be intimidated to take on a job such as that one.
“He’s got the credentials. The big-name of Roy Keane, a guy who knows football inside out, would obviously be very attractive (to players) as well.”
Celtic have been looking for a new manager since Neil Lennon stepped down last month.
John Kennedy has taken interim charge and has a win and a draw under his belt so far.