Friday 20 April 2018

Keane fighting pitch battle

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROBBIE KEANE has admitted that some of the pitches in the Scottish Premier League have been worse than he expected.

The Irish captain scored twice at the Falkirk Stadium on Sunday to give Celtic a 2-0 victory, but the terrible surface dominated post-match discussion. Celtic were reported to have complained about the pitch before the game, with Falkirk angered by speculation about any possible intervention.

This weekend, Keane returns to Rugby Park, the home of Kilmarnock, where he made his debut for Celtic in February and suffered a 1-0 defeat in testing conditions.

"I don't think many people are used to playing on pitches like that," said Keane, reflecting on his experience at Falkirk. "I've been watching it (Scottish football) as an outsider for the last few years and I can't recall the pitches being that bad.

"I don't think the standard of the pitches -- thanks to the weather -- has helped the league. It's not good for the game."

However, Keane is happier with his new strike partner, Dane Morten Rasmussen, who has struck up a decent rapport with the 29-year-old.

"I played with him in the second half of the Dunfermline game when I scored the penalty and I think we did really well together. He's only 25 and is still learning the game but I've been impressed so far with what I've seen."

Irish Independent

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