Report claims Dermot Desmond wants Roy Keane to replace Ronny Deila

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Dermot Desmond reportedly wants Roy Keane to become Celtic's new manager.

According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond wants Roy Keane to become the club's new manager this summer.

The Bhoys announced earlier this month that manager Ronny Deila will leave the club after two years in charge, with some struggles for the Norwegian this season.

Exits from the Champions League, Europa League and Scottish League Cup were major factors, but defeat to Old Firm rivals Rangers in the Scottish League Cup appeared to be the final straw for Deila, who will leave at the end of his rolling contract this summer.

Now, fans are left to wonder who could replace him, and many of the names being mentioned are former Celtic players; the likes of Neil Lennon, David Moyes, Paul Lambert, Malky Mackay, Gary Caldwell and Alan Stubbs have all been touted - and another one could be targeted.

The Scottish Sun report that Celtic's majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has made his fellow Irishman Keane the No. 1 choice for the Bhoys this summer, two years after he went for the job but lost out to Deila.

Keane, 44, ended his career with Celtic after becoming a Manchester United legend, but only played 13 games for the Bhoys before hanging up his boots and heading into management.

After winning 42 of 100 games in charge of Sunderland, Keane then won just 35% of his games at Ipswich, and has been out of management for more than five years now.

The former midfielder is now working as Martin O'Neill's assistant with the Republic of Ireland, and the hope is that he will have learned plenty about management whilst working with the former Celtic boss - and Desmond is reportedly keen to lure his compatriot back to Celtic Park this summer.

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