Dermott Desmond is pondering over another loan move for out of favour Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane.
The Celtic owner was responsible for bringing his fellow Irishman Keane to Parkhead back in January 2010 for a six month loan deal. Keane impressed on his loan move scoring sixteen goals in nineteen games for The Hoops. It was still not enough though to stop Celtic having a poor season which ultimately saw then manager Tony Mowbray being sacked and Neil Lennon being brought in. With the team now re-galvanised under Lennon, Desmond is again thinking of bringing Keane back to the club he supported as a kid.
With all the drama and hype over last season Celtic fans will be desperate to see the squad strengthened and go one better next season and win the title. But the loan move for the Republic Of Ireland star seems a strange one for some of the Celtic fans and has left them wondering if a move for Keane is really the best way forward. Firstly, the loan deal in January 2010 cost the club two million pounds. What would he be expecting this time round seeing as it looks as though his next club will be his last before he hangs up his boots. Can Celtic really afford to fork out all that money on a players wages and only be able to keep him for a year. Secondly, they already have a younger potentially better forward in Gary Hooper.
Hooper has been a big hit with the Parkhead faithful and had a great season last year so would the arrival of Keane see him fall down the pecking order? Seems pretty strange that Desmond would want to splash money on something he already has in the making with Hooper rather than use the money to buy a decent centre half something the club has needed for years. Lastly Keane is 30. How many years does he really have left? He’s had an appalling season, scoring only 3 goals having warming the bench for most of it and it looks as though his legs have gone.
There is no doubt keane is good player but what kind of message does it send splashing out money on a guy who is looking for a retirement plan when there is the potential to find a young world class player who is looking to kick start their career. Keane himself has stated publicly ” I am not getting any younger.
I am Tottenham’s player and I’m sure they will want to get a bit of money for me “. So with this having being said I think the Hoops should look else were in the transfer market.
This deal would obviously suit Robbie Keanes personal agenda but would certainly not suit Celtic’s agenda.
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