Roy Keane may not be tempted by the Celtic manager’s job because he is comfortable and enjoying life as a pundit, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender claimed it would be “ego-driven” if Keane decides to go back into management.

His last spell in charge of a club was at Ipswich Town but he has not been a manager since he left Portman Road in 2011.


As well as working as a pundit since then, the 49-year-old has worked as an assistant under Martin O’Neill for the Republic of Ireland national side and Nottingham Forest.

Football Insider understands Celtic will seek the counsel of O’Neill as they step up their managerial search.

Asked whether Keane will be in the ear of his former boss to put his name forward for the Hoops job, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m not sure Roy Keane is desperate to get back into management.

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“That sat-on-the-sofa gig is quite a good one, you know.

“It would be ego-driven. That could well fit into Roy Keane’s remit, to go and do that. He’s had a dabble in the past.

“But you have to think of work-life balance. Does he need the money? No. Is he very good at what he does? Yes, and we all love listening to him without a shadow of a doubt.

“Does he want to try it one more time? Who knows?

“Is it potential fireworks? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt. 

“Would it be the best idea on the planet?”

In other news, Neil Lennon helped Aston Villa beat Celtic to the signing of John McGinn, Football Insider understands.