Ian McParland could join Celtic if Roy Keane lands the manager’s job, Football Insider has learned.

This site revealed on Monday (19th April) that the Irishman, 49, is back in the frame for the vacant post following new developments.

There has been growing talk behind the scenes about the potential make-up of Keane’s coaching team.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the Scottish former striker McParland could join Nicky Butt on the backroom staff if the board were to appoint Keane.

McParland, 59, managed Notts County for two years and was also assistant manager to Keane when he was in charge of Ipswich Town a decade ago.

There is growing support for the Man United legend from within the boardroom after Eddie Howe’s U-turn and nearly a month after he was interviewed to be Neil Lennon’s permanent successor.

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Keane had appeared to slip out of contention for the vacant post in recent weeks but the failure to land Howe has altered the picture.

There is a feeling that the club need a strong personality to take on the challenge of overhauling a stricken team and unseating new champions Rangers.

At one stage Keane was the favourite to be appointed the new Hoops manager when this site broke the news on 25th March that he was in talks with the board after being interviewed that week.

But Celtic moved for Howe and he reached a verbal agreement with the club following discussions in London before having second thoughts.


Keane supported the Hoops as a child and spent the final six months of his playing career at the club.

His former midfield partner Butt would be available to join him at Celtic after he it was announced he left Man United last month.

In other news, three senior Celtic men set to leave this week as exodus intensifies.