CELTIC fans hope for a
miracle and most of the rest
of the SPL is pinning a
awful lot of pressure on
Robbie Keane's shoulders,
but Giovanni Trapattoni is just
happy that his international
captain is playing football.
The Irish boss has given
Keane's Celtic sojourn a
qualified seal of approval,
but his bottom line is simple.
"It is good for him and good psychologically for him because I know Robbie. Robbie wants to play, Robbie loves football. I know when he does not play, he suffers," he said. "I think in this month it will be important for him. It will be important for him to play."
Trapattoni accepts that there are reservations about the standards of football available in the SPL, but he still believes Keane's switch from Tottenham is worth it -- for both parties in the deal.
"With Ireland, Keane scored goals before me and for me he can score goals and can smell goals. He has got the instinct. Football is football -- in Scotland or London.
The manager (Tony Mowbray) knows how to play Robbie. Robbie is a striker, is a midfielder and is different. He can play everywhere."
But can one player do enough to turn Celtic's season around and inject life into a declining SPL?
"The striker? No. Because a striker alone cannot score a goal. The striker needs the team," Trap said.
"Rangers have a very strong and tough team and I fear that 10 points is too much for Celtic to get back.
"Robbie will improve the Celtic side, he's a fantastic player but it's a lot for him to do on his own."