Celtic line up Nicky Butt to become Roy Keane's assistant manager

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Celtic are lining up Butt and Keane as their new managerial team
Celtic are lining up Butt and Keane as their new managerial team / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Nicky Butt could be set to team up with Roy Keane and become his former teammate's number two at Celtic following his departure from Manchester United.

The midfielder announced his exit from Old Trafford on Wednesday after nine years spent in various coaching roles with his boyhood club, citing the desire to seek a new challenge as the reason for his departure.

John Kennedy is currently in caretaker charge at Celtic following Neil Lennon's resignation in February after the Bhoys suffered turbulent campaign and ultimately surrendered the Scottish Premiership title to rivals Rangers for the first time in a decade.

Roy Keane
Keane saw out his playing days at Celtic / Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Keane - who grew up supporting Celtic and concluded his playing career with six months at the Scottish giants between 2005 and 2006 - is reportedly keen on the vacant managerial post at Celtic Park.

According to Football Insider, Celtic are in talks with Keane and are prepared to offer him the position, and the club are lining up Butt to be his assistant manager. Although terms have not yet been agreed with Keane, he is now considered the favourite for the job.

During his nine non-playing years at United, Butt had a spell in charge of the club's reserve side, and had been head of first-team development since July 2019.

Nicky Butt
Butt spent over two decades at United as a coach and player / Clive Rose/Getty Images

This role consisted of helping youngsters make a smooth transition from the youth set up into the first team, with the former midfielder working with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood.

He remains a co-owner of Salford City with fellow Class of 92 members Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville.

Keane has been out of management since leaving his job of assistant manager to Martin O'Neill at former side Nottingham Forest in June 2019.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder has not had a number one role since his ill-fated spell at Ipswich came to an end in 2011. Prior to that, Keane had enjoyed success at Sunderland, taking the Black Cats from the Championship relegation zone to the Premier League in the space of a season.