Noel Whelan has tipped Roy Keane to pull off several coups in the transfer market if appointed Celtic manager.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 49-year-old would be able to call on favours and use his contacts to recruit players otherwise out of reach for the Bhoys.
As revealed by Football Insider sources, the Celtic board interviewed Keane over the vacant post earlier this week and he is very keen to succeed Neil Lennon.
He could be joined at Parkhead by former Manchester United teammate Nicky Butt, who has been lined up for the assistant manager’s position.
However, Celtic are facing a major overhaul of the playing squad this summer.
Club captain Scott Brown will join Aberdeen as a player-coach after 14 years at Parkhead.
Meanwhile, Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer could also leave as they head into the final year of their contracts.
Whelan suggested Keane would be able to pull strings at his old clubs to secure some exciting signings this summer.
“Celtic will sell itself anyway, without any shadow of a doubt,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“With that, like Ancelotti, like Steven Gerrard, they go back to teams, they go back to players. They can draw on favours and get players no one else is looking at.
“I’m sure that with his relationships, it will always be more beneficial to have a man like that. He has all the contacts to bring in good under-23s from Manchester United and other clubs he has been at.
“It’s always a good selling point with a manager with certain contacts. I’m sure he will delve into players he knows, people that he knows, recommendations from people he trusts.
“That’s what it’s about. It’s about trust. He’s going to have to assemble a good side if they’re going to be competitive next year.”