For all of the world, it looked as though Eddie Howe was going to walk through the door at Parkhead this summer and become the new manager of Celtic.
However, in a remarkable turn of events, the deal fell through on Friday, with the Hoops now turning their attention elsewhere.
The Celtic hierarchy are now in advanced talks with Australian manager Ange Postecoglou. He currently manages in Japan but took control of his homeland’s national team between 2013 and 2017, leading them to Asian Cup glory in 2015 and managing them at the previous year’s World Cup.
That said, he’s not the only one who is now interested in the vacancy, as a certain Roy Keane has re-emerged in the conversation.
That’s according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, who took to Twitter on Saturday to reveal: “Keane wants it badly. But people in power there don’t want him. Shame. Would have been fun.”
The short answer to that question is no. Consequently, Celtic fans should be elated that those in the boardroom aren’t keen on luring him to Paradise.
A few months ago, Keane’s name came up before Eddie Howe was even in the frame, with the Irishman meeting with Dermot Desmond and undergoing an interview.
However, shortly after that process took place, it came to light that he was no longer in a position to be hired by the board.
The Manchester United legend has a bond with the club from when he played in Glasgow, but he wouldn’t be suited for Celtic and what they require from a coach.
Keane’s hot-headed nature has transferred into his punditry and he does appear to be a good man manager. After all, Michael Chopra described the 49-year-old as an “unbelievable guy” following his spell at Ipswich.
The former midfielder earned promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland but his overall numbers don’t make for particularly pretty reading. That’s without considering his ten-year absence from the managerial game, either.
His irascible nature has also led to messy fallouts with players, with former Ireland international Jon Walters slamming the 49-year-old over some highly criticial comments.
With that in mind, it’s rather amazing that he was able to secure an interview in the first place.
Some Hoops supporters were left bemused by the idea of Keane arriving when interest first came to light, so they should be pleased that those at the top of the Celtic food chain don’t want him as their next manager.