London: Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has held talks with Scottish champions Celtic over their vacant manager`s job.
Ireland manager Martin O`Neill confirmed on Thursday that former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder Keane had discussions with the Glasgow club after a request from Hoops owner and majority shareholder Dermot Desmond.
Former Sunderland boss Keane, 42, has been looking for a managerial role since leaving Ipswich in 2011 and the chance to succeed Neil Lennon, who left Celtic last week after four years in charge, would presumably tempt him to leave his position as O`Neill`s number two.
"I had a call the other day from Dermot Desmond wanting to speak to Roy if it was at all possible, and I mentioned it to Roy, of course," O`Neill said.
"I am sure he was wanting to have chat anyway because a club like Celtic might not come around too often.
"It was just a really informal chat, I think, but if you are asking me would I be really disappointed? Of course if Roy was to leave us."
Keane spent the second half of the 2005-06 season at Celtic after his controversial departure from Old Trafford following a falling-out with United manager Alex Ferguson.
He played only 13 times for the Hoops, but managed to help them win the Scottish title before retiring at the end of the season due to a long-standing hip injury.
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