Thursday, 29th May, 2014

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that his assistant Roy Keane has had an "informal chat" with Scottish champions Celtic about their vacant managerial post.

Celtic are looking to appoint a new manager following the departure of Northern Irishman Neil Lennon. The Bhoys have been linked with a number of possible appointments, including Falkenbergs coach Henrik Larsson, former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and ex-Wigan boss Owen Coyle.

While it is not known how many contenders Celtic have spoken to, O'Neill has confirmed that Keane, a former Manchester United captain and Celtic player, has been contacted.

"I had a call the other day from Dermot Desmond [Celtic majority shareholder] asking to speak to Roy if it was at all possible", O'Neill told the BBC.


"I mentioned it to Roy, of course, and I'm sure he was wanting to have a chat anyway because managing a club like Celtic might not come around too often.

"It was just a really informal chat I think. I would be really disappointed, of course, if Roy was to leave us.

"But I kind of felt that, when I took him on in the first place, that, over the course of the next 18 months to two years, this thing is likely to happen."

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