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Roy Keane re-enters Celtic frame as questions over Eddie Howe delay emerge

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Roy Keane is reportedly back in the running to become new Celtic manager.

While he was at one stage betting favourite to take over at Parkhead, Roy Keane dropped back in the betting as Eddie Howe emerged as a clear frontrunner for the role.

It was reported that Celtic admired Keane’s passion when he spoke to the board but Howe’s interview made him favourite to replace Neil Lennon.

That has changed this week, however, as Football Insider report that Keane has re-entered the frame to become Celtic manager after Howe had second thoughts about taking the position.

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A source at the club reported that Keane has received growing support within the Celtic boardroom and the delay in appointing Howe has only improved Keane’s chances of becoming manager of the club at which he ended his playing career.

The timing of Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho could perhaps be playing a role after the odds of Howe taking the reins with the North London club were slashed earlier this week.

Howe, who has been without a job since leaving Bournemouth last year, is one of the favourites to replace Mourinho and it has been suggested that he is postponing a decision on the Celtic job while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy identifies managerial targets.

Rangers legend Ally McCoist expressed confusion that Howe had not accepted the Celtic position after it had been reported that he verbally agreed to the job earlier this month.

McCoist told talkSPORT: “Here is an interesting question, you mentioned Eddie Howe coming in from 20-1 to 6-1 in the betting (for Spurs), does that mean he will go out the way for the Celtic job?


“One of the reasons I am asking is that personally I have been a little bit surprised that he hasn’t taken the Celtic job if it was offered to him.

“As you say he wasn’t in a job so no deals had to be done with any other club. He was available.

“I thought it would have made sense if he was offered the job and he wanted it and was going to take it that now would have been the time to take it when he had nothing holding him back.”

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