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Roy Keane remaining tight-lipped on Celtic job after being quizzed by Rangers legend Ally McCoist


Roy Keane is the current favourite for the Celtic job (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Former Rangers boss Ally McCoist has admitted he did his best to get the inside track on Celtic’s reported interest in Roy Keane…only to get a typically brash response from the Irishman.

Keane has been out of management for a decade, having left Ipswich in 2011. The former Manchester United midfielder has held assistant jobs at Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland since.

The 49-year-old has made no secret of his desire to return to management and he’s the current favourite to replace Neil Lennon at Parkhead, following his departure in February.

Keane spent half a season at Celtic Park during his final campaign as a player and is said to be keen on taking charge in the green half of Glasgow.

Not that the former United captain has stated that publicly, even though McCoist admits he tried to prise it out of the Irishman when he saw him at Wembley this week.

McCoist quizzed Keane on the rumours (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

‘On Thursday night I was at Wembley and talking to Lee Dixon and he was excited about his game of golf, Wrighty [Ian Wright] is excited about his golf, Harmy [Steve Harmison] is playing golf,’ McCoist told TalkSPORT.

McCoist was then asked what excited Keane and the Scot replied: ‘He never really let out the bag if it was the Celtic manager’s job or not. I did my job superbly well.

‘He effectively ignored me, he just looked at me and said ‘yeah, I’m really going to tell you the answer’.

‘You know the world famous stare, I was on the receiving end of it at Wembley on Thursday night.

‘And I still don’t know if he’s got the Celtic job or not!’

Reports over the weekend claimed Keane would appoint Nicky Butt as his assistant should he take over in Glasgow.

Butt recently left Manchester United after serving as the club’s Head of Development for the last seven years.

The pair played together in the heart of United’s midfield, though it was Keane’s suspension for the 1999 Champions League final that gave Butt a chance to start in the biggest game of his career against Bayern Munich.


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