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I just want to play: Robbie

ROBBIE Keane has offered Harry Redknapp another word to describe his state of mind at White Hart Lane but whether he was Mr Miserable instead of Mr Angry is neither here nor there - he wasn't a happy footballer.

The Irish striker stripped his surprise move down to bare bones and confirmed Redknapp's description of him as 'Mr Angry' on the training ground for a number of weeks.

"At the end of the day, I just like playing football. It's as simple as that. When I'm not playing, I am miserable and I miss it. So that's the reason why I am here."

Keane's discomfort with idling away his days on the bench for Spurs is at odds with many modern day footballers who see no difficulty in making up numbers within a squad and taking home even bigger ones for their bank accounts.

Presumably, Redknapp would prefer his players to be Mr Angry if they can't get a game, a characterisation which is much more desirable than Mr Lazy or Mr Complacent.

Spurs' laboured win over Leeds in the FA Cup last night sparkled only because Jermain Defoe is in the form of his life but there were long moments at Elland Road when Redknapp's decision to let Keane go to Celtic looked foolish in the extreme.

But by now, both parties have moved on and Keane is already talking about the nuts and bolts of Celtic's season as if he's been there for years.


"I feel I need a few more games to get myself 100 per cent fit," Keane said. "I started to tire towards the end of the game (his losing debut against Kilmarock) but that was to be expected.

"I've been training quite hard but there's nothing like matches. I will only get fully right when I play a few games. There's no reason why we cannot have a chance of winning the title. There's a long way to go."

Indeed there is -- ten points to be precise -- and nothing in hand in the race to overtake Rangers, who moved serenely into the CIS Cup final with a 2-0 win over St Johnstone at a wintery Ibrox last night.

With Hibs nibbling at Celtic's heels for the second SPL Champions slot, Keane is guaranteed a torrid few months.

Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee, the man who brought to him Wolves all those years ago, reckons that Keane will provide the bullets for Celtic to stay well clear of Hibs and went on to describe the move from Spurs as the biggest the SPL has ever seen.

"Robbie will eventually produce performances that will keep Celtic ahead of Hibs in the SPL," said McGhee.

"I know that Brian Laudrup and the De Boer brothers were all great players when they came to Rangers, but I don't think any of them could argue, in terms of a star player, a marquee player, that they are any better than Keane.

"There are only a few players who could have pulled out 5,000 at midnight to see him after signing for Celtic. Robbie is the one signing they needed to make to re-engage the fans and reignite their season and, although they lost against Kilmarnock, I think he'll do that for them."