Graeme Souness reckons that Roy Keane would “light the touch paper and be great for the Scottish game” if he is appointed Celtic manager.

After the wheels had already fallen off their title defence, Celtic sacked Neil Lennon with his former assistant John Kennedy taking charge on an interim basis.

A wide array of names from the footballing world have been linked with the job from Manchester City academy chief Enzo Maresca to current Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

The former Nottingham Forest manager and ex-Celtic player Roy Keane is also one of the names at the top of the list to lead Celtic next season.

The former Manchester United legend is known for his old school, no-nonsense personality on the pitch and now in the TV studios too, might bring the discipline and winning mentality Celtic need to reclaim the title from Rangers.

Souness reckons appointing him is a risk worth taking for the Celtic board as it would bring a lot of attention to the Scottish game, and he also believes the clashes between Keane and Rangers gaffer Gerrard would be a sight to see.

Writing in his Times column, Souness said: “Rangers and Celtic are arguably the hardest jobs in British football because you’re judged on four games and expected to wipe the floor with everybody else, so the criticism and pressure is severe.

“This was a make or break season for Gerrard, I don’t think he could have stayed if Celtic had won a tenth consecutive title, knowing the pressures up there.

"There always has to be a loser and Neil Lennon, who I’ve worked with on television and have a lot of time for, has lost the league and his job.

“Don’t expect Celtic to roll over and accept this as the norm. They will respond this summer.

“I can’t second guess their board, but if they went for Roy Keane, as a report suggested, it would light the touch paper and be great for the Scottish game because people throughout football and far beyond Scotland would be talking about the rivalry with those two personalities in charge.

“When you’re employed by either club, you soon learn what it means to the supporters. I believe there’s four clubs in Britain that are institutions — Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow and Liverpool and Manchester United in England.

"I’m sure supporters of other clubs up and down the country will disagree, but that’s how I see it.”