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One night partying in Coppers... and Keane wakes up in Glasgow

ROBBIE KEANE isn't the first man to find that a night out in Copper Face Jacks can be bad for your health -- but not many wake up in Glasgow as a result.

And it seems that the Ireland captain has now paid the price for his Christmas party antics in Coppers, after he was off-loaded by Spurs last night.

And while he may not be wanted in London, he's already a massive hit in Glasgow as crowds surged to see him as he arrived at Parkhead.

But Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp wasted no time in getting rid of the striker and he joined Glasgow Celtic yesterday, with the consolation of €74k a week.

He had fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane and the situation was not helped by the fact that the Herald caught him deceiving coach Redknapp with the unauthorised Christmas party in Dublin.



Fined

Keane was the organiser of the party after collecting more than €2,000 from each player to arrange the celebrations.

After the party went public, the 16 players involved were fined more than €20,000 each but Keane managed to hold on to the captain's armband.

The fallout from the Christmas party, coupled with the form of English strikers Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe and Spurs acquisition of former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eider Gudjohnsen, made the move predictable even though it was left to the last minute.

Keane joins Celtic as they trail league leaders Rangers by 10 points.

Robbie and wife Claudine will spend at least four months in Scotland after he signed a loan deal. Celtic bosses agreed to break their wage structure to pay the striker.

His combined career fees now top the €90m mark, making him one of the most expensive soccer players of all time, and he still hasn't seen his 30th birthday.

He has made some illustrious moves to top clubs like Inter Milan, Liverpool, Leeds and Tottenham Hotspur.

Keane trained with his Spurs team-mates yesterday morning but rushed north after Celtic had confirmed that they were willing to do a deal.

Boss Redknapp told Sky Sports that the switch to Celtic was a "dream move" for Keane.

"I've decided to let him go on loan until the end of the season," Redknapp said. "Apart from a spell at Liverpool, he has played regularly in his career and he wants games again.

"I can see how he is around the place (at Spurs) when he is not in the side regularly. But Celtic is a move that appeals to him. He is a Celtic man. To go up there and play will be good for him just like it was for Roy Keane when he left Manchester United a few years ago.

"With some of those Irish lads it's in their blood.

"They dream of playing for Celtic one day so it was an opportunity he wanted to take and I wouldn't stand in his way."

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