Robbie Keane signs loan deal with Celtic
Celtic confirmed the loan signing of Robbie Keane late on Monday night with the Scottish club moving for the 29-year-old after the player’s switch to West Ham United collapsed.
Keane was out of favour at Spurs and was given the chance to sign for the Hoops, a club he has supported since a boy. The move has been funded personally by Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond.
The Republic of Ireland striker has signed a six-month loan deal earning £68,000-a-week. Tottenham were said to have waived the £1 million loan fee which they had previously demanded.
There has been much speculation in recent weeks linking Keane to a move away from White Hart Lane, however it wasn’t until hours before the English transfer window slammed shut that Celtic made a concrete offer for the player.
Keane was greeted by over 2,000 excited fans outside Parkhead.
On his arrival, the Irishman said: “I am here to play football, first and foremost.”
“I am no different to anyone else. I could have sat at Spurs on the bench but that is not me, people who know me know that. I love playing football and that is why I am here. I always wanted to play for Celtic, so this has worked out for all parties. I didn’t need much persuading.”
When asked whether he could see the deal being made permanent Keane was unwilling to tie himself down. He insisted he hadn’t thought past the six-month deal and was happy to playing for Celtic in his prime.
“I am here until the end of the season that is as far as I have thought about it. I didn’t want to come here aged 35, at the end of my career and struggling. I am here at the peak of my career.
“I am here to enjoy my football, play games and to help Celtic win the league again.”
Keane has played for Wolves, Coventry City, Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in his career. He returned to White Hart Lane last January after a disappointing spell at Anfield.