Roy Keane joined a lost list of former Premier League players who flopped in Scotland when he linked up with Celtic in 2006.
Ah, Roy Keane. The most miserable, tough-talking brute to have ever graced the game. A Manchester United legend in many ways and someone the club didn’t want to get rid of, but simply had to owed to public grumblings and criticism of teammates. An icon Celtic deserved, but rarely saw the best of, which is a crying shame really.
As he said rather bluntly said in his biography (via Irish Times): “I wouldn’t have called it a dream, but I’d always liked Celtic. And the Irish connection would have been on the back of my mind. I felt a bit of loyalty to them. This decision was a purely selfish one. I just wanted to play for Glasgow Celtic. Celtic is a special club.”
If there was one thing Roy Keane could guarantee it was absolute commitment. This is a man you would take into battle alongside you; he was passionate, he was brave, he was non-stop. Keane was everything you wanted in a captain (minus the psychotic episode resulting in a career-ending leg break).
Keane didn’t exactly experience what you might call an ideal start, which again he was all too happy to reveal: “My first game [for Celtic] was Clyde, away, in the third round of the Scottish Cup. We were beaten 2-1. It was a nightmare. I wasn’t happy with my own game. I did OK, but OK wasn’t good enough. After the game – the disappointment. As I was taking my jersey off, I noticed the Nike tag was still on it. When I got on the bus John Hartson, a really good guy, was already sitting there and he was eating a packet of crisps – with a fizzy drink. I said to myself: ‘Welcome to Hell.’”
Unfortunately for Keane, it wasn’t just crisp munching monster John Hartson that he had to worry about. While his general game did improve for the short period that he donned the famous green and white, injuries sabotaged any chance of securing hero status in his new environment and after just 10 paltry appearances for the club he announced his retirement.
He did, however, manage enough appearances to land an SPL winners medal so there’s something.
Celtic fans, would you class Keane as a poor signing? Could he have done more for the club? Let us know in the comments below…
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