When Celtic finally announce who will sit in the Parkhead dugout next season, Bhoys supporters will surely breathe a huge sigh of relief.
After Neil Lennon left his role as manager the Hoops have found it incredibly difficult to find his successor.
That being said, they’ve not had any shortage of suitors.
The first name to really emerge as a serious candidate to take on the role was Roy Keane.
The Manchester United legend had a brief stint as a player in Glasgow but after ten years away from management, it certainly raised eyebrows that he was in the frame.
Celtic were in talks with the Irishman and reportedly even held an interview with him. However, just a few days after that development it came to light that Keane was now unlikely to land the job.
Indeed, that’s what the television pundit is now telling his friends.
The Sun on Sunday (18.04.21, pg. 67) revealed last weekend that Keane has told friends that his hopes of landing the job have faded.
According to the report, there is a split opinion amongst the Hoops hierarchy over the former midfielder.
This is a piece of news that could come as a great source of happiness to Celtic supporters.
Of course, it means the Bhoys will have to step up their search elsewhere but it stops the board from appointing a man who the fans weren’t keen on seeing at Parkhead.
When the news first broke that he could succeed Lennon, Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes said: “That seems to have gone down like a lead balloon amongst the Celtic support today when we were talking about that on A Celtic State of Mind.”
Thus, the opinion from the man himself that he won’t get the job should come as music to the ears of the Green Brigade.
It’s certainly understandable why they wouldn’t want him.
The 49-year-old hasn’t managed for the best part of ten years and his record is hardly jaw-dropping. He may have earned promotion from the Championship to the Premier League with Sunderland but that’s the only inspirational point of note from his days as a number 1.
Celtic might be in the process of being played around by Eddie Howe but they were right to swerve Keane.