Kevin Kilbane suggests Roy Keane as a possible replacement for Ronny Deila

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Kevin Kilbane believes Roy Keane could be perfect for Celtic.

BBC pundit and former Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane has told 98FM in Dublin that Roy Keane may be ideal for the Celtic job this summer.

The Bhoys revealed last month that current boss Ronny Deila will leave the club at the end of the season after a frustrating campaign for the Norwegian.

Deila's two-year spell at Celtic Park is coming to an end, and with success in Europe wanted, Celtic must found a suitable replacement for the former Stromsgodset boss this summer, with a host of ex-Celtic players linked with returns to the club.

The likes of David Moyes, Alan Stubbs, Neil Lennon, Paul Lambert, Paul Hartley, Gary Caldwell and even Henrik Larsson have all been touted for the job after playing careers with the Bhoys - and another former Hoops player is being strongly linked.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane ended his career with Celtic, making 13 appearances for the club having left Manchester United back in 2005.

The Irishman, 44, went for the Celtic job back in 2014 before the Bhoys appointed Deila, and with the Glasgow Evening Times reporting that an approach has been made to Keane about finally taking the job.

Now, Keane's former Republic of Ireland team-mate and current BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane has been speaking to 98FM in Dublin, and backed Keane for the job this time around - despite his relative struggles with Sunderland and Ipswich Town.

"Roy could have taken the Celtic job two years ago and jobs like that will come up for him again. It might be the ideal job for him to get back into club management," said Kilbane. "It’s no secret that Roy wants to get back into management and it might be ideal for him to go into a club who are competing in the Champions League and against another top club like Rangers."

"That’s going to be key for Celtic over the next couple of years. So who better to take the club forward than Roy?" he added.

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