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Keane: judge me at end of season

Robbie Keane has asked not to be judged on his first four games at Celtic.

Tony Mowbray's side have won one, lost one and drew one in the SPL since Keane's deadline day transfer from Spurs with Celtic trailing Rangers by 10 points in the SPL.

Keane has scored twice so far for Celtic, at Aberdeen on Saturday and away to Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup, and is hoping to strike his first Parkhead goal against Dundee United on Saturday.

The striker said: "Don't judge me after four games, judge me at the end of the season.

"The weekend result (drawing at Aberdeen) was disappointing but that was the worst pitch that I've ever played on.

"I'm looking forward to the Dundee United game on Saturday and the chance to play on grass.

"There's a bit of inexperience about the side just now but that's the situation that we find ourselves in."

Kenny Dalglish admits Celtic have to win the two remaining Old Firm games to "give themselves the best possible chance" of winning back the League title.

The former Celtic manager and striker said: "Realistically they need to get 11 more points than Rangers before the end of the season.

"To do that they have got to give themselves the best possible chance and that is to win the two Old Firm games as well as a lot of others.

"Obviously everyone is envious of Walter (Smith) and the position that Rangers are in.

"They are 10 points clear, there are two Old Firm games to come, one on the 28th of February which is really important for Celtic. But certainly Rangers are in the driving seat.

"They have done fantastically well to get that far in front and I'm sure Celtic are hugely disappointed with the number of points they are behind.

"But they are where they are because of what they have done."


Meanwhile, Cillian Sheridan opened his St Johnstone scoring account last night with a double in the 5-1 win over Hibs.

The win lifted St Johnstone above Kilmarnock into eighth place in the league ahead of Saturday's home match with Rangers.

St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes said: "I'm delighted for Cillian.

"He has been working away, trying to get fitness and he is showing more aggression. He can be proud of his performance.

"The two boys up top (Sheridan and Kenny Deucher) worked really hard. They seemed to have a good understanding."