Newcastle United

Danny Mills has backed Nicky Butt and Roy Keane to sort out the Celtic dressing room – unlike Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United defender waxed lyrical about Butt’s coaching ability and “strong character”.

Football Insider revealed on Thursday (25th March) that Butt is in line to join Keane at Celtic if he is appointed as the club’s next manager.


Keane was interviewed by the Hoops’ board this week about the vacant position.

The Irishman has emerged as the clear favourite to take over but nothing has formally been agreed.

Butt could join him after quitting his role with Manchester United’s academy this week to pursue “a new professional challenge”.

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The 46-year-old played a key role at Old Trafford in recent years helping younger players bridge the gap from the academy to the first-team.

That includes the likes of England internationals Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

“Certainly Nicky Butt is a very good coach and another a strong character,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“There’s no messing with Butty, he doesn’t mince his words very much like Roy doesn’t either.

“I think that we can say, with the two of them, there won’t be a Steve Bruce-scenario with those two in charge.

“They’re serial winners.”

Football Insider revealed last weekend that the Newcastle United squad discussed demanding face-to-face Lee Charnley talks after being left in “shock” at the club backing Bruce.

It came after their 3-0 loss to relegation rivals Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday that left them just three points above the bottom three.

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