Robbie Keane's transfer countdown


Even Robbie Keane probably doesn’t know which club he’ll be playing for tomorrow.

Another transfer window of frustration for the Ireland striker sees him even less likely to be a first pick for Spurs.

Despite the regular praise from Harry Redknapp about his attitude and ability Keane knows that he will never be a first choice striker at White Hart Lane.

Sitting on the bench throughout a 1-0 defeat from Wigan on Saturday proved beyond question Keane’s place in the Spurs hierarchy.

Keane certainly isn’t without options and admirers but doesn’t seem in any great rush for the eighth move of his career.

As the clock ticks towards six o’clock this afternoon the runners and riders narrow down dramatically- Celtic or Spurs.

Moving to Newcastle or Sunderland is much of a muchness, similarly there’s little to split managerless Aston Villa with Birmingham City.

None of those clubs would be effected by Keane’s appearance as a substitute in the first leg of Spurs Champions League qualifier against Young Boys of Berne– unfortunately neither will Celtic after the disaster in Utrecht.

During his 16 goal loan spell last season Keane probably saw Celtic at it’s worst- although there are doom-mongers out there who could talk you into believing that the current campaign could end up worst. I doubt that.

The SPL title was already looking a distant wish before the defeat at Kilmarnock on Keane’s debut was compounded by a draw at Aberdeen that saw the on-loan Spurs striker substituted with Celtic leading 4-2.

In amongst the doom and miseries of last season Keane’s ability and professionalism made the closing months bearable amongst humiliating defeats from St Mirren and Ross County.

Was there enough to encourage a Celtic return?

Keane certainly dropped a few cryptic clues that we hadn’t seen the last of him as a Celtic player but with eleven new signings brought in by Neil Lennon the Irish striker still remains on the fringes of Harry Redknapp’s plans.

Doubts over the fitness of Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch cast further complications over Keane’s future but the arrival of another striker at Spurs would surely be the final straw for Keane.

Throughout the summer Spurs have been linked with the elusive marquee signing- Craig Bellamy, Diego Forlan and Klaas Jan Huntelaar have evaded Redknapp with Emmanuel Adebayor’s name emerging this morning.

A day masked in rumours will crystallise at 6pm. Any striking arrivals at Spurs are likely to be matched by a departure as Keane repeats his journey of February 1 without the Rugby Park follow up to flatten the euphoria!

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  • Patman says:

    Would be great I reckon! Him and hooper up front with maloney in the middle behind them. But could Celtic afford him ? Not much of the money we got from aiden and fortune’s sales has been spent if any!

  • Stu says:

    Rubbish the money we have spen is about 7mill less than monies brought in from player transfers count it

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