Roy Keane was interviewed by Celtic earlier this week, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Irishman, 49, is the favourite to be appointed the new Hoops manager after this site broke the news on Thursday (25th March) that he is in talks with the club.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Keane has already been interviewed by the board about succeeding Neil Lennon and is very keen to take the job.

He is the clear frontrunner for the vacant post but has not yet agreed terms with Celtic.

Nevertheless, there is a growing desire among the hierarchy to appoint Keane and pitch him against former midfield rival Steven Gerrard in what would be a highly marketable all-Glasgow battle next season.

Celtic are ready to put aside concerns about Keane’s 10 years in the managerial wilderness as well as his combustible personality.

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They believe more store should be placed in his football credentials, three high-level recent spells as assistant manager at Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, as well as Celtic connections.

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

His return to Parkhead would send shockwaves through football.

Keane’s former midfield partner at Man United, Nicky Butt, could join him at Celtic as assistant manager.

The Premier League giants announced on Wednesday that the United legend has quit the club’s academy after nine years for a “new professional challenge”.

In other news, Celtic close to hiring ‘Massive’ Hoops fan from Premier League giants, Lawwell’s son paves way.