Packie Bonner has told Roy Keane he has to take the Celtic job, if it’s offered to him, but believes the job may be a year too soon for the former Sunderland and Ipswich Town manager.
Keane, is currently the assistant manager to Martin O’Neil with the Republic of Ireland international side.
However, speculation has linked Keane heavily to the vacant managerial position at Celtic following Neil Lennon’s departure from the club.
Burtonport native Bonner, says if he’s offered the job, he can’t turn it down, as he may never get the opportunity again, but does feel it may be a year too early.
Bonner said, “I think it’s a year too early for him but in saying that, if the job comes up at Celtic, I don’t think he could knock it back.
“Especially if you’re a No 2 – if you were in the job as a No 1 then you might have a doubt.
“I’m not surprised that they’re speaking to him, and I’m sure he has a good relationship with Dermot Desmond, who’ll call the shots probably in this one.
“I think it’s a stepping stone for Roy to become the main man again as a manager.
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawell confirmed they are interested in appointing Roy Keane as their newest manager.
Many Celtic fans have welcomed the move, and are keen to see the inspirational former Manchester United and Celtic star return to Parkhead.