Report: Celtic make first approach to Roy Keane about replacing Deila

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Celtic have reportedly contacted Roy Keane about becoming their new manager this summer.

According to a report from the Glasgow Evening Times, Celtic have approached Roy Keane about returning to the club as their new manager.

The Bhoys announced last month that current manager Ronny Deila will be leaving the club this summer, with the Norwegian enduring a frustrating season.

Two years after Neil Lennon's exit, Celtic are again looking for a new manager - but it could end up being a target from 2014 that takes the job.

In 2014, Celtic held talks with their former midfielder Roy Keane about replacing Lennon, but he pulled out of the race for the job in order to stay in his job as Martin O'Neill's assistant with the Republic of Ireland, as reported by BBC Sport.

Now, the Glasgow Evening Times report that Celtic are again interested in bringing Keane back to the club, and have already approached him about possibly taking the job.

Keane, 44, made 13 appearances for Celtic at the end of his career, and has been consistently linked with a return as their manager - despite his modest record as a manager so far.

The Irishman started off well at Sunderland with promotion to the Premier League in 2007, but after 100 games in charge - winning 42 - Keane was sacked by Sunderland, and his record at Ipswich wasn't great either, winning less than 35% of his games in charge of the Tractor Boys.

If Celtic really are keen to land Keane - and it looks like they are, having allegedly contacted him already - they have to hope that he has learned a lot during his five years out of management, whilst learning under former Bhoys boss Martin O'Neill may also have helped shape Keane into a better manager.

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