Celtic News: Mills reacts to big manager development

By Danny Mills

27th Mar, 2021 | 11:00am

Mills: Celtic appointment of Keane may turn out to be a 'magnificent risk'

Danny Mills is not convinced Roy Keane is the right man to take charge of Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Manchester City defender claimed the Hoops would be taking a “risk” by hiring the ex-midfielder to replace Neil Lennon.

This site revealed on Thursday (25th March) that Keane had opened talks with Celtic and on Friday (26th March) that his interview the board has taken place earlier this week.

Nothing has yet been agreed but the Irishman has emerged as the clear favourite for the role.

This site understands he could be joined by his former Manchester United midfield partner Nicky Butt as his assistant.

Butt quit his role in the club’s academy this week to seek a “new professional challenge”, according to a statement.

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Keane has been out of management for almost a decade but has enjoyed spells working under Martin O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland and Nottingham Forest.

Asked whether Keane was a wise appointment, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He’s had a go before with differing degrees of success.

“Brave and eventful – that’s what it’s going to be.

“Beyond that, it’s a risk. It may turn out to be a fantastic gamble and it may turn out to be a magnificent risk.

“But let’s wait and see. That’s what I would say about that. There are no guarantees that that’s going to work.”

Keane’s first foray into management came in 2006 when he took over at Sunderland and led them to the Championship title in his first season.

He became Ipswich Town boss in 2009 but left Portman Road after less than two years in charge.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has been left in awe of a Celtic 28-year-old who “absolutely battered” Rangers.