Martin O’Neill expects decision on Celtic target Roy Keane by Wednesday

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill expects a decision on the future of Celtic target Roy Keane by Wednesday

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Martin O’Neill expects Roy Keane’s future to be decided by Wednesday as Celtic continue talks with the Republic of Ireland assistant manager.

The former Manchester United captain has been heavily linked with the vacant position at Parkhead after Neil Lennon stood down as Hoops boss last week.

I think it will be resolved by Wednesday

Martin O’Neill

O’Neill brought in Keane as his number two when the former Aston Villa and Celtic manager was snapped up by the FAI as Giovanni Trapattoni’s replacement in November.

And the Ireland boss, who saw his side outperform Italy in their goalless draw at Craven Cottage, admitted he would be disappointed to lose Keane but insisted there was no new update.

“I haven’t spoken to him today about it all because we were concentrating on the game. As I said the other day, I assume something will be resolved by the time we fly out,” Keane told his post-match media conference.

“I’m pretty easy about it. It isn’t a case of what I want,” he added, “I think it will be resolved by Wednesday.”

Asked if Wednesday was a deadline, O’Neill hastily added: “No. It isn’t a deadline. I just assume.

“My assumption being that Celtic amongst other clubs are looking at the candidates. They’ve got games coming up pretty quickly. I’m sure they’ll want to make a decision quickly.

“I may be wrong on the timescale I just assume that will be the case.”

O’Neill opened up about Keane’s possible departure and lifted the lid on the former Irish captain’s popularity amongst the current squad.

“Again I reiterate that we’d all be very disappointed,” he said. “My own view he has settled in very well.

“The players, as I expected, have really taken to him. He has been terrific around the squad. It would be a disappointment if it materialises.”

Shane Long had Ireland’s best chance of the first half after he drew a save from Salvatore Sirigu before substitute Stephen Quinn hit the crossbar in the second half.

And O’Neill was pleased with his side’s performance. The Irish manager said: “We were excellent in the first half. We could have scored a few goals and we continued that in the second half.

“I’m really pleased to play as well as we did against Italy.”

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