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Roy Keane, when he was Ipswich manager in 2009, showing his frustration. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Roy Keane, when he was Ipswich manager in 2009, showing his frustration. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Roy Keane, when he was Ipswich manager in 2009, showing his frustration. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

He has been out of front line management for over a decade, but rumours are swirling on the football grapevine suggesting Roy Keane could be in line to make a sensational return as Celtic manager.

Former Celtic midfielder Keane has not held a management post since his tenure as Ipswich boss ended in 2011, with his spell as assistant manager alongside Martin O'Neill with the Republic of Ireland squad and brief stints working as a coach at Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest his only coaching roles since he left Portman Road.

Now there are suggestions he could be in contention to be named as Neil Lennon's successor at Celtic, with bookies slashing the odds on Keane being ushered in as the new Parkhead boss in the coming weeks.

Caretaker boss John Kennedy is the favourite to land the role on a full-time basis, with Manchester City academy coach Enzo Maresca continuing to be linked with a move to Celtic.

Yet it is the links with Keane that are most intriguing, with the former Ireland captain rumoured to be offered a chance to take over at Celtic for a second time after he rejected an advance from the Scottish giants back in 2014.

Keane suggested he turned down that offer seven years ago as he didn't feel the club wanted him enough and while he has constantly expressed a desire to get back into management, Celtic may face a battle to lure the Irishman away from his current media career.

Sky Sports will be keen to keep Keane as he has proved to be a box-office pundit, while his hugely successful Instagram account offers fresh opportunities to generate revenue from advertisers and sponsors.

However, Keane may be tempted to lock horns with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard if he is offered a chance, with his comments after Rangers clinched the title last Sunday confirming his passion for Celtic runs deep.

When asked whether he had words of congratulations for Rangers, Keane responded: "For Rangers? No. Listen, it's obviously been a tough year for Celtic. But they'll bounce back next year like all great clubs do."

Keane v Gerrard in Old Firm matches next season would make for captivating viewing and now we wait to see whether that tantalising prospect becomes a reality.

CELTIC MANAGER ODDS (Paddy Power)

John Kennedy 7/5

Enzo Maresca 5/2

Roy Keane 4/1

Eddie Howe 6/1

Martin O'Neill 10/1

Derek McInnes 10/1

Paul Lambert 12/1

Frank Lampard 12/1

Rafa Benitez 14/1

Steve Clarke 14/1

Mark Hughes 14/1

Henrik Larsson 14/1

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