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Lawwell thrilled at sensational deadline day coup

Peter Lawwell could hardly believe his luck when Robbie Keane finally signed for Celtic late last night.

As the transfer deadline in England closed at 5pm the Celtic chief stepped up his bid to bring Keane to Celtic.

A combination of circumstances finally brought to an end the longest running rumour in football and although the deal is only a four-month loan Lawwell and the Celtic directors were delighted with their deadline day swoop.

The Hoops chief said: "It's a great day for the club, we're excited to get Robbie.

"We've been pretty persistent over the last few windows. We've been keeping in touch with what he has been wanting. Today, thankfully we've now been able to do a deal for Robbie.

"He's a Celtic supporter and has a great connection with the club and the fans. I know Struan Marshall, his agent, quite well and each window I've been pestering him to see what Robbie's situation was.

"Until Monday things weren't looking great but then things changed in the afternoon and we were able to put a deal together pretty quickly.

"His situation at Spurs was made pretty plain to him. He always knew that we were very keen to get him and it didn't need a lot of persuading.

"There is no contractual obligations. We hope that he comes here, connects with the club, enjoys himself and then who knows what will happen in the summer.

"We find that players that come to Celtic very rarely want to leave."

Lawwell added: "We are in a transitional period at the moment. Tony (Mowbray) wasn't blessed with the strongest squad when he arrived, we have some very good players but we needed to strengthen.

"Our supporters deserve the best, we are always looking to bring in quality and that's what we do at Celtic. Every move is done to improve the club."

Former Celtic skipper Tom Boyd was surprised and delighted by the news of Keane's arrival.

He said: "It's great news for everyone at the club to sign someone like this.

"There's been a lot of wheeling and dealing done in this window and I was quite pleased by how things had gone even before Robbie signed.

"It's a great coup to bring in one of the best scorers in the Premiership.

"The fans have got a player to identify with again.

"It's a great boost for everyone at the club and will give the team a great lift in the battle for the SPL title."