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Robbie Keane unlikely to stay at Celtic - Tony Mowbray

Celtic striker Robbie Keane
Keane has scored eight goals since joining Celtic on loan

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray doubts the club's board will be able to afford to sign on-loan striker Robbie Keane on a permanent deal.

The Republic of Ireland international is due to return to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

And the London club have indicated that they expect the 29-year-old to be back at White Hart Lane for next season.

Mowbray said: "He cost Tottenham £12m. I don't think the board are going to loosen the purse strings that much."

Keane has scored eight goals since his January move north, including a hat-trick in last week's 3-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Kilmarnock.

Mowbray not banking on Keane stay

"If he goes back to Tottenham at the end of the season, we will hope that he's enjoyed his time here and contributed some goals, as he already has done, and hopefully some enjoyment for the supporters," said Mowbray.

"Football is very much about finance these days and if Robbie Keane is financially way out of our structure then so be it.

"He's Tottenham's player, (manager) Harry Redknapp's said he's going back.

"When was the last time a Scottish club paid £12m? Was it Tore Andre Flo to Rangers? Them days are long gone in the Scottish game."

Meanwhile, Mowbray has played down suggestions that winger Aiden McGeady will leave the club in the next transfer window.

Barry Robson, who left Celtic to join Middlesbrough in January, told a Glasgow newspaper that he expected McGeady to be sold.

I will decide and the club will decide what changes we make in the summer. I would suggest Aiden McGeady isn't going to be part of that

Tony Mowbray

"The bottom line is that it's not worth commenting on, is it? I'm not interested what an ex-player thinks might happen," added Mowbray.

"I will decide and the club will decide what changes we make in the summer. I would suggest Aiden isn't going to be part of that.

"I'm delighted Barry's doing so well at Middlesbrough. I had a very good working relationship with Barry.

"He's started his Middlesbrough career exceptionally well and I hope he continues that. I hope he can help them make the play-offs this year and I hope that they can get promotion.

"I'm pretty sure that some journalist, probably from Scotland, went there and asked him a leading question and Barry answered it, probably very honestly.

"But nobody's going to put a wedge between me and a lad who I got on very well with when he was here and I wish him well in his career."

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Mowbray uncertain over Keane stay
13 Mar 10 |  Celtic
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