Roy Keane momentum continues, as another ex-pro backs Red Devils legend for Celtic job

By Euan Davidson

March 26, 2021

Whether you’re pro or anti-Roy Keane for Celtic, you can’t say there’s not momentum behind him.

The former Ireland, Manchester United and Bhoys midfielder has received backing from multiple sources. Ray Houghton, Stephen Pearson, Jackie McNamara, Stan Varga and John Hartson have all lined up behind Roy Keane.

Now, you can add former Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie to that ever-growing list. The ex-Manchester United, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers winger believes that Keane is the man to return Celtic to domestic dominance.

Gillespie told Football FanCast:

“They need somebody who is a name and I think it would be very interesting, the fact that if he does, you’ve got that rivalry of Gerrard and Keane, which adds a little bit more spice to it. But they’re so far behind Rangers this season that they need something to change.

“I think players will obviously respect him, they’ll listen to him as a pundit. And so they’ll know that he doesn’t pull any punches.

“You’d like to think that the players would react and he’s worked under Brian Clough, he’s worked under Alex Ferguson. Two great managers.

“So you’d like to think that some of what he’s learned off them will rub off.”

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‘Roy Keane for Celtic’ campaign has incredible momentum

We’ve already been pretty open about our feelings on the matter. Roy Keane hasn’t managed a club since 2011, when his spell at Ipswich ended dismally [BBC].

Since then, he’s been assistant to both Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, and Martin O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland and Nottingham Forest. He has also, as Gillespie points out, worked under legends like Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson.

With all these ex-pros lining up to back him, it seems there’s incredible momentum behind Roy Keane getting the Celtic job. Certainly, he still commands respect in the game from a multitude of sources. His punditry on Sky Sports keeps him constantly in the public eye, and his reputation as a tough talker wins him plenty of plaudits.

There has been plenty of anti-Roy Keane sentiment from this writer in particular, so we won’t retread that. All we’ll say for now is that it’s very interesting that the ex-Celtic midfielder is being backed by such a vast number of ex-professionals. Obviously, he’s made an impact on the players around him during his career as a player and coach.

All signs point to Keano, at this stage. As ever, though, we won’t know until the club says something.

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