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The One and Only Reason Why Roy Keane Should Be The Next Celtic Manager

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 13: Roy Keane, the Republic of Ireland assistant manager looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Scotland at Aviva Stadium on June 13, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

As the MMA world implodes, in other news, Roy Keane should be the next Celtic Manager. Why? Because Celtic need a no frills, no pandering, all-round leader of a man that the Cork man is.

The sporting world has gone into meltdown following the shock announcement that Conor McGregor has retired from MMA with immediate effect. Such has been the hysteria, all other sporting news fades into the noise.

The football world  also saw a departure yesterday as it has been announced that Celtic manager Ronny Deila is to leave at the end of the season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 06:  Celtic manager Ronny Deila looks on during the William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park Stadium on March 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Deila’s departure will be met with much joy among Celtic fans as the often under fire manager has not been able to deliver much outside another uncontested league title.

Celtic fans are desperate for a European adventure that does not end before the knockout stages.

With Old Firm rivals Rangers FC about to return, next season, to the Scottish top flight from their financially enforced exile, Celtic and their fans will want to be in a position to stamp their authority on the league and ensure that bragging rights are kept well away from the other Glasgow side.

With ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon expressing an interest in returning to the manager’s role at the club, there is still another name that has yet to be credibly mentioned for the job – none other than Ireland’s current assistant manager Roy Keane.

Keane, who famously spent a season with Celtic following his acrimonious departure from Manchester United, fulfilling, as he said, a boyhood dream, could well offer Celtic exactly the kind of leadership that they need.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 12: Roy Keane of Celtic shouts to his team mates during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on February 12, 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

It was Keane who led Manchester United throughout the majority of their title winning decade and on more than one occasion dragged them from the jaws of defeats to the arms of victory. The man knows how to win. He is of the old breed, tough, honest and expecting of the highest possible standards and effort.

Celtic needs this kind of leadership as they seek to make the jump to a more competitive European theatre. They likely need to learn some harsh truths about themselves and the efforts demanded to compete at that level.

Roy Keane is a man who is all too familiar with what it takes. Having done it all as a footballer, he has also proven experience as a manager, having led Sunderland back to the Premiership following a Championship winning season in 2007. With a less than successful spell with Ipswich Town, Keane joined Martin O’Neill on the Rep. of Ireland management team and has acquitted himself quite well since 2013.

SUNDERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 29:  Roy Keane, manager of Sunderland looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers at The Stadium of Light on November 29, 2008 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Now, with the Celtic job vacant, you might well assume that another of Keane’s boyhood dreams may well be within reach and surely now his name must be high on the list of potential replacements, a list that includes David Moyes and the aforementioned Neil Lennon.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.