The combination of Roy Keane and Nicky Butt “would be great” for Celtic, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the pair would “demand hight standards” for the players at Parkhead and could use their success as players to their advantage.

A Football Insider source revealed on Friday that Keane was interviewed by the Hoops last week and is keen to take the job.

The 49-year-old has lined up his former Manchester United teammate Nicky Butt to be his assistant if appointed Neil Lennon’s successor.

Butt left his role head as head of first-team development at Manchester United last week after nine years in coaching and player development at the club.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the pair fronting a new management team at Parkhead, Phillips said: “They would be a great team going into next season.

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“Nicky Butt left Manchester United for whatever reason. It is always a shame to see a club legend leave but a move up to Celtic would be a great opportunity for him.

“Those two played together and Butty won six Premier League titles and Keane has won tons. You would be installing two people who have that winning mentality and would demand high standards from their squad.

“That could be a great little combo for Celtic going into next season.” 

In other news, a top pundit claims Scott Brown’s imminent departure to Aberdeen will hand the incoming Celtic manager a big boost.