Roy Keane has four rivals for Celtic job in Neil Lennon replacement search

Celtic: Lennon resigns after traumatic second stint

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Roy Keane is said to have thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant Celtic job but the former Manchester United captain is just one name on a long list of potential options for the hoops. The Irishman held talks with his former club back in 2014 before they decided to appoint Ronny Deila but that hasn’t put Keane off a return to Glasgow.

At this stage, it remains unclear whether Keane will be considered for the job, with Celtic in no immediate hurry to make a new appointment.

Parkhead chiefs want to ensure they make the right decision amid the risk of falling even further behind Rangers, who walked unchallenged to their first title in 10 years.

Keane has been working as a pundit on Sky Sports since he left his role as assistant manager at Nottingham Forest in 2019.

He has not managed since he departed Ipswich in 2011 despite roles as part of the Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa’s coaching staff.

Express Sport takes a look at four other names in contention for the Celtic job, who Keane will have to beat if he is to land the position…

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John Kennedy

The caretaker boss could earn himself the position if Celtic finish the season strongly under his leadership.

However, Kennedy has already made it clear that he isn’t thinking about landing the permanent job as he focuses on the task at hand.

“This has never been about me,” Kennedy said.

“I’ve no interest in looking beyond this period in terms of what’s in store for me. It doesn’t matter to me.

“The only thing that matters to me is doing the right thing for the club. I know the players and staff very well and I just want to guide them through this period to maximise what’s left and try and get us back to what we know we can be.”

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Chris Wilder

A heavy favourite for the Celtic job following his controversial departure from Sheffield United over the weekend.

Wilder, who arrived at Bramall Lane in 2016, led the Blades to ninth in the Premier League after bringing them up from League One.

He could be the perfect fit for Celtic if they can lure him into an immediate return to management.

There has also been some suggestion that Celtic may need to pay Sheffield United a compensation fee if they were to appoint the 53-year-old.

Enzo Maresca

The Italian has forced his way into the picture and is quickly emerging as one of the brightest young coaches in Europe.

He is currently the manager of Manchester City’s Under-23 squad and recently sent a reminder to Celtic chiefs that he could be the man for the job.

His City side demolished Southampton 7-1 on Monday in their Premier League Two encounter.

Maresca also has experience as the assistant manager at both Sevilla and West Ham respectively.

The former midfielder who played for West Brom and Juventus in his playing days is emerging as a dark horse in the race to replace Lennon

Eddie Howe

Finally, Eddie Howe’s name does not seem to go away when it comes to the Celtic job.

He left Bournemouth by mutual consent in August and is yet to find a new job since saying goodbye on the South Coast.

Howe has already turned down a number of Championship opportunities including Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.

It’s understood that he favours a return to the Premier League but Celtic could represent the chance to rebuild his profile, following Bournemouth’s relegation.

Brendan Rodgers reaped the rewards of his move to Glasgow and is now considered one of the best coaches in the Premier League at Leicester.

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