Celtic are reportedly moving closer to announcing a new manager, with Roy Keane being installed as the favourite over the last few days.
It was revealed on Thursday that discussions had taken place over the Irishman moving to Parkhead.
There has now been a big twist in Celtic’s bid to bring Keane back to Glasgow, with details emerging of the team he could bring with him.
According to Football Insider, Nicky Butt could sign on the dotted line and become part of Celtic’s coaching staff. This is important as it only adds further fuel to the fire that it will indeed be Keane who succeeds Neil Lennon.
Butt sensationally left his role with Manchester United earlier this week, news which has now led sources to believe he may be part of Celtic’s new era.
Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes admitted earlier this week that news of Keane’s imminent arrival didn’t sit right with many of the club’s supporters. That being said, the addition of Butt makes Keane’s appointment far more promising.
The Irishman hasn’t managed for ten years but, if he were joined by his ex-Manchester United teammate, it could help Celtic to thrive in an area where they’ve failed this season.
That happens to be blooding the young players. We’ve already seen Cameron Harper depart because of a lack of first team opportunities, while Armstrong Oko-Flex nearly joined Huddersfield in January. There are also fears that Karamoko Dembele could take his leave in the summer once his contract at Paradise expires.
However, Butt has a track record of working with young players at Man United. The 46-year-old played a major part in improving the academy set-up at Old Trafford, bringing through some of the best British talent currently out there.
He helped to improve and develop the likes of Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood. This comes at a time where United claim they have renewed their reputation as one of the most productive academies in world football.
With that in mind, the young players at Celtic should be licking their lips at thought of Butt arriving. Keane may not do much to send flutters through the stomach, but his potential assistant should.
Butt’s accomplishments at United speaks for itself; he’d likely add plenty to the Hoops.