Martin O'Neill eager for Roy Keane stay with Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland's assistant manager Roy Keane walks on the touchline before kick off of the international friendly football match between Republic of Ireland and Latvia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on November 15, 2013
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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill insists that he will do everything he can to keep Roy Keane from becoming Celtic's next boss.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has insisted that he will do his "very best" to keep Roy Keane from taking charge at Celtic.

Ireland assistant coach Keane recently held talks with the Scottish champions as they look for Neil Lennon's replacement.

Lennon stepped down from his position at Parkhead on May 22 following a successful four-year spell in Glasgow.

"I would like him to stay here for every reason under the sun. I think it would be great," O'Neill is quoted as saying by the Irish Herald.

"He is thinking things over, including a couple of other offers as well. I will do my very best to keep him. My very best.

"He wouldn't take [the decision] lightly. He loves it here, genuinely loves it here. It's been great for him. He has said it to me over the course of time and emphasised it. He loves it."

Keane played 13 games for Celtic before retiring from professional football in 2006.

Republic of Ireland's assistant manager Roy Keane walks on the touchline before kick off of the international friendly football match between Republic of Ireland and Latvia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on November 15, 2013
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