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‘Don’t even think of Roy Keane’ ‘absolutely fear-inducing’ ‘Shambles’ Keane trends on Twitter as Celtic fans dive for cover

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Almost as soon as news of Celtic’s failure to secure Eddie Howe as manager emerged Roy Keane’s name started to trend on Twitter.

The Irishman has been involved in some of ITV’s build up to the European Championships but there was another reason that was causing panic and alarm among Celtic supporters.

Keane was close to succeeding Neil Lennon as manager in 2014, perhaps after another seven years out of management his time may be about to arrive.

Dermot Desmond isn’t the type to look for reflected glory by being associated with footballers but it seems that at least since his brief playing spell at Celtic the former Sunderland boss has the respect of Celtic’s biggest individual shareholder.

Before and after Lennon resigned in February, Keane was linked with the Celtic job but since the start of April almost all speculation has led to Howe.

Now the field appears to be wide open again, all of the names that have recently been discounted are contenders again.

Keane is at the front of the queue, Martin O’Neill is in the background, Paul Lambert will get mentions and Steve Clarke can anticipate questions at his next Scotland media conference.

After a decade out of management, entertaining Sky Sports and ITV viewers it seems that Celtic fans would rather Keane stuck to broadcasting rather than reignite the managerial ambitions last seen at Ipswich in January 2011.

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