This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
In January 2006, Celtic looked like they managed to pick up a very astute signing at the time as Roy Keane left Manchester United for £3.75m to move to the Hoops, via Soccerbase. The Irishman was a serial winner who played a huge part under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, winning seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League once, as well as four Community Shields, per Transfermarkt.
Was Roy Keane a letdown?
On his arrival in Glasgow, Keane said: “I gave other clubs a chance and was impressed with them all. But it’s a great move for me. I feel that this is where I belong and I’m here to work hard and win games.”
“I’ve been in the Premiership for a long time and feel I have proved myself there and needed a different environment, different teams, different grounds”.
The central midfielder did come away with an SPFL title and also won the Scottish League Cup but this was more due to him just being involved in the squad, as he struggled with a hip problem and therefore managed just 10 appearances during his career at the Hoops, which only lasted for half a season before he retired.
He failed to impress in Scotland and it was somewhat out of his control that he could not play more than he may have originally envisaged, but he never lived up to the huge success that he enjoyed at Manchester United and was unable to do what he said he would and prove himself.
For the fee paid and his short career at the Celts, it is clear to see that Keane was a disappointment for the Scottish side.
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