He’s glad there isn’t a new manager in the Celtic hotseat – but Livingston boss David Martindale wouldn’t have minded a battle with Roy Keane on Saturday.

Ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been strongly linked with the vacant Celtic manager’s post ahead of this weekend’s match with Livingston, the Lions pushing for European football in the top six. Martindale thinks Howe – Livi captain Marvin Bartley’s ex-boss at Bournemouth – would be great, however, he wants a tussle with Roy Keane.

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An argument with the man linked with Celtic is what David Martindale is after. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He said: “I would rather have Roy Keane, what an argument that would be! That would be box office stuff. I would love to have a tussle in the tunnel with him! No, seriously, I don’t know a lot about Eddie Howe other than him being a good manager.

“Mark Burchill (Former Livingston manager) and Marvin Bartley speak very highly of him. But, for me, I would love to see Keane. Steven Gerrard and Roy Keane managing up here would be fantastic. That’s the wrong reason for him to be the Celtic manager but it’s just my opinion looking from the outside.

“I was hoping nobody was appointed before the game because a manager sitting in the stand would probably get a little bit more out of them again. But they are playing for Celtic for a reason. They are all fantastic footballers and they also do the mental side of the game really well.”

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Expecting a tough test. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Three points are the aim for Livi at Celtic Park in the race for European football, Martindale adding: “Reaching the top six and a cup final probably has exceeded our expectations. For the season to end on a fantastic footing, we need to try and secure European football.

“But if we were to finish sixth and reach a national final, on reflection I think we would all agree that’s been a fantastic success for Livingston Football Club.”

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