Ronny Deila backs ‘star’ Roy Keane for Celtic role

Departing Celtic manager Ronny Deila has backed Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane as the man to succeed him at Parkhead.

Deila signed off his Celtic term with a 7-0 win over Motherwell ahead of yesterday’s title celebrations. And before the game he talked about Keane’s credentials to replace him.

“He’s Irish, he has played at Celtic and he knows what the club’s about, so he could be good in the job. I think Roy would have things I didn’t have and maybe I have things he doesn’t have.

“He will handle the pressure. But it’s about what you want as a club and if you pick Roy Keane, then they will know what they are getting.”

Despite Keane’s famous run-ins with Deila’s compatriot Alf-Inge Haaland, the Corkman remains a hero in Norway, Deila insists. “I don’t know Roy, I just thought he was a fantastic player. I’ve spoken to him once, when I met him at an Everton game some months ago. I loved watching him play. He’s a strong character.

“He is a legend in Norway. There are so many Manchester United fans in Norway. I have a cousin who would die for him, he just loves him. He’s a star if he comes to Norway.”

Keane is among the favourites for the job, but Deila expects the Celtic board to get the decision right. “Dermot Desmond is a very intelligent guy and Peter Lawwell and the board are as well.

“So I have full confidence they will pick the right one.”

“You need a strong personality, to be a very good leader and you need to know the game very well.”

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