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Keane: 'We're not panicking' McGinn joy at Celtic debut

IPSWICH TOWN look more like relegation candidates than a side aiming for a place in the Premier League, but Roy Keane insists there is no crisis at Portman Road.

Ipswich are second from bottom in the Championship table, with just one point from six games and are without a win in eight games overall this season, Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough the latest disaster.

"I wouldn't call it a crisis," Keane said. "Supporters may call it that but I would call it a challenge and we are certainly not panicking.

"Are we disappointed? Yes. Are we frustrated? Yes. But we are not panicking. I have a decent squad and between the boxes we are playing some good stuff.

"Maybe we are lacking a bit of confidence at the moment because of the lack of a win but it will come, it will gel. It is early days yet.

"Defending has been a horror show. And there were another three bad goals at Middlesbrough.

"And up the other end too. We have put good balls into the area but not made them count.

"If it was about corners and balls into the box we'd be well clear at the top. We can't keep on making excuses."

McGinn joy at Celtic debut

Niall McGinn has expressed his delight after making his Celtic debut in their 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

McGinn was the shock replacement for the suspended Aiden McGeady on Saturday, moving straight into the first team ahead of Paddy McCourt and Koki Mizuno without even an appearance on the Celtic bench.

After the game the Tyrone man, who was named man of the match, told the Evening Herald: "It's all a learning game for me, this is only my second season of full time football. Everything has happened so quickly for me.

"I've been playing Gaelic since I was eight-year-old right up until I turned full-time with Derry under two years ago. After that I had to knock Gaelic on the head.

"I had an option to play with Tyrone, the soccer was going well for me so I decided to go with that and thankfully it's proved to be the right decision.

"I loved every minute of the game and can't wait to get another opportunity. The manager lined the team up at training on Friday and gave me the nod to start on the right side of midfield.

"I managed to get a few early touches and did all right. That was my first SPL game and thank God it was at Celtic Park and the fans took to me."