Celtic’s pursuit of a new manager has really intensified in the last few days with Roy Keane lined up to take on the Parkhead hot seat.
The Bhoys are without a permanent boss after Neil Lennon left his job a few weeks ago. John Kennedy has been placed in interim charge but there has now been a twist in their chase of Keane.
The Daily Mail reported in the last few days that Celtic were indeed in discussions to bring the former Sunderland manager to Glasgow.
However, they now claim that Nicky Butt might not actually join him at Celtic Park.
Rumours of a move for Keane intensified last week when Butt left his role at Manchester United to pursue other opportunities. With that in mind, it was thought that he could join his former teammate in the Scottish Premiership.
However, new reports understand that Butt’s decision to leave wasn’t because of an imminent move to Celtic. Instead, it was influenced by the elevation of colleague John Murtough, someone Butt didn’t see eye to eye with.
The imminent arrival of Keane has gone down like a led balloon with Celtic supporters according to podcaster Paul John Dykes.
However, the initial thought of Butt arriving alongside him was something of a positive. After all, he’s achieved wonderful things while involved with the Man United youth set up.
He was a key influence in helping the Red Devils reclaim their status as one of the most productive academies in world football, developing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson, Mason Greenwood and Scotland international Scott McTominay.
For a Hoops side who have been so reluctant to blood their young talent, this would have been massive. Cameron Harper has already gone back to America in search of more opportunities while there is a real fear that Karamoko Dembele won’t renew his contract.
Butt, however, could change the dynamic at Celtic Park and make it one where young players thrive, rather than leave.
The news that he hasn’t left United in order to pursue a move to Celtic with Roy Keane, therefore, is bad news for Dermot Desmond.