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Lennon backing Keane to deliver on Old Firm debut

Neil Lennon expects Robbie Keane to excel in the red hot atmosphere of his Old Firm debut at Ibrox, writes Joe McHugh.

An away win is essential if Celtic are to retain an interest in this season's SPL title with the hopes of the Hoops support pinned firmly on Keane. Lennon has seen it all in almost a decade of Old Firm clashes and happily admits that there is no tried and tested recipe for success.

At lunchtime on Sunday, Ibrox will be a pumped-up madhouse of passion with the man from Lurgan believing that the key to success is to avoid being carried away by the frenzy of the fans. Lennon said: "Robbie is experienced enough and will be looking forward to this match, he'll be very motivated.

"At times you can be too fired up, you have to tone things down a wee bit but Robbie is experienced enough to handle it.

"He's looking forward to the game. He's waited a long time to play in this fixture. It's a great game for him because the importance of it is mammoth. It'll be helter-skelter to start off with but once you get through that initial 15-20 minute period you have to try and stamp your authority on the game."

He added: "The manager has asked me to have an input and I've become involved in the dressing room on match days recently. Everyone knows how important this match is and we'll go to Ibrox confident of getting a win."