Question nobody asked - Has Robbie Keane made a difference?
Published 19/04/2010 | 05:00
AMONG the thousands who turned out to see Robbie Keane's unveiling as a Celtic player, the feeling was that the Ireland captain could be the man to reel in Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
That dream is now over for another season and, like Roberto Mancini playing for Leicester City or Attilio Lombardo managing Crystal Palace, Keane might not be too bothered about having the experience on his CV.
At the time of Keane's arrival, Celtic trailed Rangers by 10 points with a game in hand, having averaged two points per game from their 22 matches and exactly two goals per game. Keane has scored nine goals in 12 league games, although such an impressive ratio is tempered by the poor opposition, against whom Kris Boyd of Rangers has managed 21 goals in 26.
Despite Keane's efforts, the team's average number of goals per game has gone down, while their points-per-game tally has only marginally improved.
Saturday's win over Hibernian has given them 69 points from 34 games, or 2.029 points per game overall in the season, while Keane's time at the club now spans 12 league games and a total of 25 points. The three goals they scored on Saturday brings their tally to 65, an average 1.9 per game.