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.Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane arrives at Celtic Park   (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

.Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane arrives at Celtic Park (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

.Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane arrives at Celtic Park (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Roy Keane continues to be linked with the managerial vacancy at Celtic, but he has refused to divulge whether he is in talks with the Parkhead club.

Former Ireland captain Keane and ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe are believed to be the frontrunners for the job vacated by Neil Lennon.

Yet when former Rangers striker Ally McCoist asked Keane whether he would be taking over at Celtic, he got a familiar response.

"He never let out the bag whether it was the Celtic job or not, but I did my job," McCoist told talkSPORT.

"Well, he just effectively ignored me, really. He just looked at me as if to say 'yeah, I'm really going to tell you the answer'.

"I got the stare. You know the stare! I was on the receiving end of it at Wembley on Thursday and I still don't know whether he's going to get the Celtic job. That's where we are on it."

Meanwhile, Keane has given his verdict on Ireland's miserable run of form under manager Stephen Kenny, as he summed up his mood after the 1-0 defeat against Luxembourg in Saturday's World Cup qualifier.

"I think this must be rock bottom now for Ireland and the group of players," Keane told ITV.

"There is a real lack of quality. A lot of the players now for Ireland are playing at Championship level and when your best player, Seamus Coleman, is a fullback, that's not a good sign. So, there are tough days ahead.

"The stats are scary for Ireland though, the lack of goals, the lack of goalscorers. It's difficult for Stephen Kenny.

"I analyse nearly all the Irish players nearly every weekend and none of them are doing too much at club level. They're doing ok and they're honest but a lot of them are playing in the Championship.

"When they turn up for Ireland and the manager has them for three or four days, it's very difficult and when the manager is trying to have this style of play where it's about possession, it's very difficult, especially if the players aren't up to it.

"The best player Ireland have, by far, is Seamus Coleman. He's playing for a brilliant club in Everton but they don't play European football, they don't challenge for trophies. It's a long way back for Ireland."

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