Robbie Keane completes sensational Celtic switch
Published 18:22 01/02/10 By Alan Nixon
Robbie Keane has signed for Celtic in a sensational switch - with multi-millionaire backer Dermot Desmond paying £105,000-a-week for the privilege.
Tottenham skipper Keane jetted to Glasgow to complete the biggest transfer of deadline day as the Glasgow giants and their Irish owner put their English Premier League rivals to shame.
Desmond put his hand in his pocket to pay the £1million loan fee and pick up the £65,000-a-week wages for Republic of Ireland star Keane in a deal first revealed by Football Spy by September 14.
Keane was also wanted by West Ham but co-owner David Sullivan pulled back from the deal because it was too much for him - despite his boasts about offering similar wages to Ruud van Nistelrooy.
And while Hammers raked in the bargain bin for Egyptian Mido and Brazilian Ilan, Celtic flexed their financial muscles and did the deal with Spurs for Keane.
The fact that Spurs were willing to trade shocked captain Keane just a year after his return from Liverpool. However Redknapp prefers Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe and now has Eidur Gudjohnsen and Roman Pavlyuchenko as cover.
Celtic have been on the trail of Keane for months, with Desmond making it a pet project to pull off the biggest signing in their history. It is more important than landing namesake Roy who was at the end of his career.
If Keane can shoot Celtic to SPL title glory and catch Rangers it would also make the transfer one of their most vital - and probably lay the ground for a full-time switch in the summer.
Harry Redknapp revealed that Robbie Keane wanted to go to Celtic - and he was not in the mood to stop him fulfilling his dream.
The Spurs chief admitted that the quick move came as a shock but stated: "The chairman rang me and asked what I felt. He said Robbie fancied it and was keen to play for Celtic until the end of the season.
"I didn't want to stand in his way. It's a good move, he will play regularly, he wants to play all of the time. He's not happy when he isn't - he is not the type to just hang around and take his wages.
"It's a move that appeals to him, he is a big Celtic man. The Irish lads have it in their blood, they all dream of playing for Celtic one day and this opportunity is one he wants to take.
"We didn't stand in his way, we are strong in that position. Crouchy and Defoe are in good form, Pavlyuchenko scored the other week and Eidur Gudjohnsen looks good in training."