Former Celtic star John Hartson has recently talked about the idea of Roy Keane managing the Parkhead-based club.
Hartson was recently a guest on the latest episode of the OTB’s The Football Show and gave his opinion about numerous issues involving the Bhoys. He also talked about multiple managerial candidates for the Celtic job and one man that he focused on was Roy Keane.
Hartson believes that the former Manchester United midfielder could galvanise the Celtic side and get them going again.
Would Roy Keane be a good option for Celtic?
Keane, 49, who played for Celtic towards the end of his playing career, previously revealed that Celtic had once approached him to make him their manager, but the Irishman wasn’t impressed by the offer, criticising the manner in which it had been put forward (as per BBC Sport).
Hartson believes that Keane’s appointment wouldn’t worry him and that the Irishman would be a ‘good’ option for the Bhoys.
He claimed: “He’s come from an assistant role. I wouldn’t be concerned, and you know me, if I didn’t think that Roy wasn’t the person that could galvanise the team and get them going and organised, then I would be the first one to say that. But I think Roy would be good.”
TIF Thoughts on Roy Keane…
Keane’s last managerial stint came way back in 2011 and he has only taken up roles of assistant manager since he left Ipswich Town (as per Transfermarkt).
So it has clearly been quite a while since he last managed a club and in an article from The Athletic, it has been stated that he fell out with multiple players during his managerial stints at Sunderland as well as at Portman Road. He was even ‘capable of “vicious and personal” attacks’ on individuals.
Considering all of that, hiring Keane at this point would potentially be a risky move for Celtic and he should perhaps not be at the top of their shortlist of candidates.