Hartson urges Lawwell to appoint O'Neill and Keane in Celtic management dream team

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John Hartson wants Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane to return to Celtic together this summer.

Former Celtic hero John Hartson has told The Scottish Sun that he wants to see Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane return to the club as a managerial duo.

The Bhoys announced last month that current boss Ronny Deila will be leaving the club at the end of the season, as his two-year reign comes to an end despite winning the Scottish Premiership title again this season.

Deila leaves after Sunday's clash with Motherwell, and then the attention will turn to who his replacement will be, with a host of big names and former Celtic players linked with the job already.

David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert are amongst the frontrunners with bookmakers, whilst former manager Martin O'Neill and ex-Celtic midfielder Roy Keane have also been mentioned as potential candidates.

The two men are currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team, but confusion surrounds their roles, having not been offered new contracts despite Euro 2016 being less than a month away.

Both could return to club management this summer, but former Celtic striker John Hartson has a huge plan for shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell; appoint both of them.

Hartson has told The Scottish Sun that having O'Neill and Keane work together - much like they have for the Republic of Ireland - would be a 'management dream team' for Celtic, considering their prior links to the club.

The Welshman suggests that O'Neill would be perfect to get fans back on board, but if he isn't keen on a return, then hiring Keane on his own would be 'ideal', as he 'doesn't mess about' and would 'demand massive respect' from the Celtic players.

"O’Neill should come on board as Keano’s boss in a Celtic management dream team," said Hartson. "If I was in Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell’s shoes, I’d be pushing the boat out to make that happen, and bring both men back to Parkhead."

"O’Neill and his Republic of Ireland No2 Keane are heading towards the end of their contracts, and haven’t signed any new deals. They have worked wonders with the Republic in taking them to the Euros, and it’s clear they bounce off each other well as a partnership. The Hoops fans would love it, and it would get everyone on board. That’s exactly what the club needs right now — big characters with a proven track record who demand massive respect."

"If O’Neill doesn’t fancy a return, and Keane comes in by himself as the No 1 then he’d also get my full backing. He would be ideal for the job. Keano doesn’t mess about. He is direct and to the point, and that’s the way I like it. He knows Celtic too and as O’Neill said, when you weigh everything up Keane is an ideal fit for the job. But the same goes for my old Hoops gaffer, and the two of them would be a match made in heaven for Parkhead," he added.

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