Yet another Roy Keane to Celtic backer emerges; Stan Varga all for it

By David Walton

March 15, 2021

Roy Keane to Celtic seems to have everyone on one side of the fence or the other – there doesn’t appear to be anyone sitting in the middle.

Either you like the idea or you can’t stand the idea. You either think his hard-hitting, no-nonsense, disciplinarian approach will snap these Celtic players into action, or you think he’s out of touch with the modern-day player.

Indeed, since the report from the Scottish Sun that Keane was interested in becoming the next Celtic manager, everyone has been having their say. Supporters aren’t overly keen, whilst John Hartson is an example of those who think he has the attitude and mentality to get the best out of the Parkhead players [Scottish Sun].

And his former player at Sunderland, Stan Varga, falls into Hartson’s way of thinking. The former Celtic defender was part of Keane’s promotion-winning Sunderland outfit back in 2007. And he doesn’t believe the job would phase the tough-talking Irishman.

“A really good manager”

As quoted by the Daily Record, Varga, who currently manages Slovakian club MFK Dukla Banská Bystrica, said: “This is the biggest club Roy will have managed if he gets the job at Celtic. But look, he played at Manchester United for many years. So he can handle the pressure at Celtic. United is one of the biggest clubs in the world so Glasgow won’t be a problem for him.

“And he’s also played for Celtic so he knows what the club means to people. He did a great job at Sunderland because when he arrived we were bottom of the Championship. But we won the title that season and he took us into the Premier League. I really hope he can have a similar impact at Celtic.

“Roy’s a really good manager. He knows the club and what it means to people. He can have success there, which means winning the title in Scotland but also performing well in Europe. Roy and Neil Lennon were very similar as players, they are the same type of characters.”

Nobody would truly know how Roy Keane to Celtic would turn out; Stan Varga clearly a big fan

As much as we all have our opinions on Keane, there’s something just so unpredictable about this one.

When Brendan Rodgers was appointed the Celtic manager, you just knew success was coming. It never felt for a moment as though he was going to lose out to Mark Warburton’s Rangers. From the moment he was announced, no cloud ever even looked like flying across Parkhead.

Keane has a kind of aura that makes you think this could go either way. If Celtic appoint him, he may very well be a success. He would command a presence, has strong links down south that would help secure young talent, and would certainly bring some fight and passion back to the club.

Roy Keane (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

However, you can also see it going the other way. Keane’s strict disciplinarian approach is hardly for show. During his time at Sunderland, he left three players behind for the trip to Barnsley after showing up late [The Guardian]. He’s also in the past put key players on the transfer list for being late to team meetings [BBC].

The above makes you wonder whether his previous methods would work in 2021. Whether the hard-hitting approach suits the modern-day footballer. It’s a major concern and something that would only really be proven rightly or wrongly when things start going downhill.

Keane isn’t the absolute car-crash of a manager he’s made out to be. Nor is he some sort of Messiah who’s certain to reinvent the club. He’s somewhere in the middle, and that’s what would make this appointment one big risk.

In other news, Ryan Christie’s brutal Glasgow derby performances need to improve as he owes Celtic fans big-time this season.