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Henrik Larsson hails new Celtic signing Robbie Keane

Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson
Henrik Larsson believes Keane will score goals during his time at Celtic

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson has tipped loan signing Robbie Keane to be a success in his old number seven jersey.

Keane, 29, has signed for Celtic on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham Hotspur.

And Larsson told BBC 5live that securing Keane's services was "fantastic for the club".

"From what I understand, he's a great fan of Celtic and that's important," said. "He'll know how important it is to the fans to play well."

Larsson spent seven years with Celtic, going on to become a club legend, scoring 242 goals in the process to sit third in the club's all-time record goalscoring list.

It's like a goldfish bowl really but it was a great experience for me and I'm sure he can do well

Henrik Larsson

"It's fantastic up there," said the Swede. "The Celtic fans are unbelievable. The way they support the team and get behind them is fantastic really."

Thousands of Celtic fans gathered outside the club's stadium on Monday evening to catch a glimpse of their new signing.

"I'm not surprised they turned out in numbers because Keane's a very good striker and he deserves it," said Larsson.

"I hope he can be good for Celtic and make sure they do okay in the league."

Larsson, who also enjoyed spells at Manchester United and Barcelona, said Keane was very down to earth and that would help him in Glasgow.

"You have to behave yourself always because everybody has their eyes on you," said Larsson.

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"It's like a goldfish bowl really, but it was a great experience for me and I'm sure he can do well there."

Asked whether Celtic could eat into Rangers's 10-point lead to win the title this season, the Swede said: "I know that they'll never give up as long as there's points to play for.

"That's what it takes to play for Celtic; there's always high expectations, that you have to win the league.

"If he does well then there aren't many places that are better than Celtic, so I'm all for him staying up there."



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