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First stop Killie as Keane looks to vent Spurs frustrations on SPL

Robbie Keane is ready to take his Tottenham frustrations out on the SPL, starting tonight at Kilmarnock.

Breaking up the Georgios Samaras-Marco Fortune partnership should prove easier than splitting Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch, even though Celtic have also added Morten Rasmussen and Diomansy Kamara to their strike force.

Keane hasn't scored a Premiership goal since the World Cup exit to France but is 3/1 favourite with the bookies to open the scoring at Kilmarnock tonight. Celtic have had a dreadful season so far but with the signing of Keane the mood around the club has been transformed with a hero for the supporters to invest their faith and emotions in.

A general malaise had set in with attendances dipping alarmingly as supporters became disillusioned but the signing of Keane has thrown down the challenge to league leaders Rangers.

Keane admitted: "I've had pressure throughout my career as a player and as a striker, pressure comes with the job and it's something that I thrive on. This is a big time for me, I want to play and score a lot of goals for the club, that's why I'm here and relishing the challenge.

"If Tottenham had a game on Tuesday I'd be available, there's no reason why I can't be available for Celtic at Kilmarnock.

"I trained well on Monday and feel good, it'll take me a few games to get settled in and get my match sharpness, that will only come with games."

Explaining his move from the Premiership Keane added: "I could have stayed at Spurs and been happy sitting on the bench as a bit part player but that's not for me.

"People who know me know that I want to play football, I wouldn't be happy sitting collecting my money and not playing.

"I've always wanted to play for Celtic and I think that this works out for all parties.

"It's been no secret that Celtic have been trying to get me for a few years, for different reasons it just didn't happen but this time it's came about, there was a chance that it could happen.

"I put my thinking cap on and didn't need much persuading. I'm happy to be here and looking forward to putting the jersey on and playing games.

"I spoke to the people who are really close to me, the people that I've always spoken to and I know a few of the players here like Lee Naylor, Aiden McGeady and Darren O'Dea.

"They told me that the club was massive. I'm a Celtic supporter so I know what comes with it and didn't have to ask too many questions.

"It's been no secret that I've been a Celtic fan and wanted to play for them one day. I'm lucky enough to come here at a good age. I didn't want to come here at 34, at the end of my career and struggle.

"I'm coming here at the peak of my career and can really help the club.

"It's a loan until the end of the season. I want to get games and hope that it works out well for myself, Tottenham and obviously Celtic. I'll enjoy these few months of playing football."

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