It’s one of the biggest talking points surrounding the club at the moment and the debate will never really go away until an appointment is made but the news of a familiar candidate for the Celtic job reappearing is utterly depressing.
The man who famously turned down the Celtic role because he didn’t feel Peter Lawwell wanted him enough as the Man Utd legend points out in his book. The Irishman was offered the job to take over from Neil Lennon in 2014 but eventually declined when a chat with Peter Lawwell didn’t go as expected.
“I got a call: would I go and have a chat with Dermot Desmond? I’d met him once before, in 2005, when I was signing to play for Celtic.” The former player wrote in his book.
“At the end of the chat, he said: ‘The job is yours’.
“I got in touch with Celtic’s chief executive, Peter Lawwell, and asked him to give me a ballpark figure before negotiations got going.
“He mentioned a figure and he said: ‘But that’s it’. Paul told me there were a lot of clauses in the contract that he wasn’t happy with. And the figures were non-negotiable.
“I got my head around that. But it felt a bit too familiar. I had been down this road before when I signed for Celtic as a player.
“I felt they wanted me but they weren’t showing how much they wanted me. It wasn’t rocking my boat.”
Betting was suspended on Keane taking the job again in 2016 before Brendan Rodgers appeared on the scene. This time, since Rodgers departure there has been very little chat about the former Celtic player coming in to be the next manager but today it reared its ugly head once again.
Roy Keane has been massively critical of Celtic over the years and can’t seem to grasp our limitations when it comes to performing to a certain level in Europe.
As we’ve seen plenty of times, the sort of stubborn and reckless approach he takes towards footballers should not be welcome at Celtic Park and would create discontent.
Neil Lennon is in temporary charge until the end of the season and after that, it’s anyone’s guess who will get the job. Hopefully Desmond has moved on since wanting Roy.