Report: Martin O'Neill/Roy Keane Celtic rumours are wide of the mark

By David Walton

December 1, 2020

Celtic are not looking to move for a managerial partnership of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, the Daily Record has reported.

O’Neill and Keane last teamed up with the Republic of Ireland and helped to guide them to Euro 2016. However, a dreadful run of results in 2018 ultimately saw the pair sacked. They also teamed up at Nottingham Forest for a brief few months.

Both men have special connections to Celtic with O’Neill playing a massive part in revolutionising the club as manager during the early 2000s, whilst Keane was a title-winner with the club back in 2006.

However, despite some talk on social media about Keane and O’Neill potentially returning to Parkhead to team up, the Daily Record has dismissed any notion of it.

Instead, Neil Lennon has been given a stay of execution ahead of Thursday night’s meaningless clash with AC Milan in the Europa League.

Doesn’t feel like the right fit

There’s no denying that O’Neill and Keane would be a dream team in every sense, but it doesn’t feel like the right time to have them both join Celtic. In fact, given O’Neill’s success here in the past, that’s a legacy he should be looking to protect by not coming back anytime soon.

It’s also worth saying that neither man has managed to have much success in recent years, which would instantly make you worry about whether they could turn around Celtic’s fortunes immediately.

What the duo would do is return some of the fight in the Celtic squad that’s been lost. You can’t not be motivated by an O’Neill/Keane partnership, and it’s no wonder they led Ireland to a major competition.

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill won’t be coming to Celtic (Photo by Ben Ryan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

But there’s just something about this one for me that feels like it wouldn’t be right. Perhaps it’s more a hunch than anything, but there’s no guarantee that both would be here for the long-term, and that’s something we need in any new manager.

Regardless, the board have chosen to give Lennon more time. That’s the decision that’s clearly been made and as supporters we have to try and move on from the managerial speculation for now.

However, if Lennon does walk in the coming days/weeks, Celtic don’t like moving for O’Neill/Keane.

In other news, Celtic have confirmed the reason as to why they left a Premiership club furious yesterday.