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Keane talk buoys Celtic

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will be encouraged to hear Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admit he may have to offload Robbie Keane.

Keane netted 16 goals in 19 games on loan at Parkhead last season, and Redknapp said he might have to move the Dubliner from White Hart Lane.

"Robbie is a fantastic professional, who trains hard and wants to play," Redknapp said.

"I still think he has a lot to offer. The thing is he wants to play all the time.

"There is every chance he could start the season, but if it doesn't work out then I am sure he will be the first one to come and tell me that he needs to play somewhere."

Meanwhile, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell will push forward with three transfer targets today as Lennon prepares for the Champions League opener against Sporting Braga.

Lawwell is close to finalising deals for Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper and Israel midfielder Biram Kayal, while veteran England goalkeeper David James is expected in Glasgow for signing talks following his departure from Portsmouth.

Hooper will join Daryl Murphy as a newcomer in the Celtic strikeforce, and Murphy put himself in the frame for a place against Braga on Wednesday with a goal in Saturday's 4-1 friendly win at Lincoln City.


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