Saturday, March 13, 2010

Keane hat-trick but Mowbray unsure how long Robbie will stay

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray admits he does not know if Robbie Keane will remain at the club beyond the summer.

The on-loan Tottenham striker scored all three Celtic goals in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock today.

"That's not something that we get involved in," Mowbray told BBC Scotland following the quarter-final triumph.

"I'm just pleased that he's enjoying his football here and scoring a few goals. I'm delighted for him that he's got himself a hat-trick."

Keane has scored Celtic's last six goals and eight in total since his move north.

"It's a club he's supported all his life as a boy and now a man and for him to score a hat-trick, it's going to be pretty special for him of course," Mowbray said.

"And yet, like the rest of the team, he needs telling at half-time that the performance has got to be raised and he and everybody else did.

"What's important is though that he keeps contributing to the team as much as he does and working as hard for the team as he does and hopefully we can all benefit.

"Robbie Keane is a player that's been to Liverpool, Tottenham and Inter Milan. He's now at another one of the greatest clubs in the world and he's enjoying his football and yet financially the Scottish game is not in a position to match the English league or the Italian league.

"Robbie is a guy with not only responsibilities of love of football but responsibilities for his family as well and his future and for those decisions, when they come, I'm sure he'll make the one that's best for him and his family as well as his football career."

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