Roy Keane backed to put Celtic back above Rangers after Neil Lennon departure

Roy Keane has been packed to put Celtic back on their perch above Rangers if he took Neil Lennon’s former job.

The Manchester United legend, who spent six months with the Scottish Premiership giants before retiring, has been linked with the hot seat.

It came after the 49-year-old was shown the door with the Hoops allowing their rivals to win a 55th title with a 20-point gap.

And David Meyler, who has been coached by Keane with the Irish national team, has backed the ex-midfielder to bring success back to Celtic Park.

Speaking to YouTube channel Off the Ball, the 31-year-old said: “[If] Roy was to go in there, he would bring that winning mentality.

“If you look at the impact that he had at Sunderland, because Celtic will be low, they will be flat because Rangers have blown them out of the water this season which is unheard of.

“I would love to see Roy take over Celtic. I think he would turn them around next season and I think they’d be challenging, and I think they’d beat Rangers.

“Roy has a certain mentality. He is so used to winning, and that is Celtic, in the sense that Celtic are used to winning and don’t like losing to Rangers.

“Roy has the winning mentality and the hunger and I think that would iron out a few problems quickly, and I would expect them to win the Scottish league title next season.”

Keane last took on the top job with Ipswich Town, leaving the job in 2011 before taking a career in punditry and assistant management.

But the ex-Hull man believes the Sky Sports favourite would not face a problem settling back in.

“People will say he has been out of management for the best part of 10 years,” Meyler added.

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  • “The old barstool managers will say that he is out of touch with the modern game, but Celtic have had a very disappointing year.

    “There is always this thing that people say they are dinosaurs and don’t know what they are doing, but most managers played the game and went through the eras where things have changed.

    “He would give Celtic a lift and I think he is tactically aware. He knows the game inside out. He would bring the hard work and drive for success.

    “I know he’s itching to get back into management and it’s a good fit for all parties.”

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