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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Keane hits out at SPL pitches

Robbie Keane believes the Scottish Premier League is bedevilled by poor pitches which would dissuade some players from coming to Scotland.

The Republic of Ireland star arrived at Celtic Park in January and has scored 12 goals in 12 games despite playing on some notoriously bad playing surfaces.

Keane will grace the Hampden pitch for the first time in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Ross County today but is unimpressed by most other grounds so far.

"I didn't think the pitches were going to be as bad to be honest," he said. "When people down south are watching and they see the pitches then obviously it doesn't reflect brilliantly (on the SPL).

"It has been a bad winter for everyone and you have to take that into consideration. But look at the difference from when we play away from home and at home. The pitch here is fantastic and it helps the players we have who like to get the ball down and play."

Asked if players would perhaps think twice about coming to Scotland after seeing the pitches, the Republic of Ireland captain said: "Yes, probably. I don't want to get into the situation where I am slagging off Scottish football, I'm certainly not doing that. The pitches haven't been good enough and I'm just stating the obvious."

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