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Defeat dulls Keane joy over player prize


Keane says that awards are not important if team performance is poor

Robbie Keane says that suffering one of the worst defeats of his career took the gloss off being named Scottish Premier League player of the month.

The 29-year-old striker received his Clydesdale Bank award for March after scoring eight goals during the month.

But it follows a 2-0 loss to Ross County in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

"It is very difficult to be smiling when getting an award like that after having a defeat on Saturday like we did," said the Celtic striker.

"Personal accolades are obviously good, but if the team's not doing well it means nothing."

The 29-year-old on-loan Tottenham striker has scored 12 goals in 13 games since being signed in January by then Celtic manager Tony Mowbray as he attempted to claw back the points deficit with title holders Rangers.

I obviously wanted to come up here and win something. It wasn't to be

Celtic striker Robbie Keane

But Keane's eight goals during March could not save Mowbray from the sack.

Celtic won four of their five matches during the month, but a 4-0 defeat by relegation-threatened St Mirren sealed Mowbray's fate.

Keane also failed to score as Celtic suffered a surprise defeat by First Division County.

"Ross County deserved to win the game," said the Republic of Ireland striker. "There is no question about that, from start to finish.

"They seemed to want it more than we did and played better football than we did.

"We have some good players in the squad and it was just one of those days when it did not go right.

"You have to give Ross County a lot of credit for that. They were in our faces, made it difficult for us and played us off the park in some stages of the game."

However, when pressed, Keane appeared to back caretaker manager Neil Lennon's suggestion that the result proved that a number of players were not good enough for Celtic.

"If he's the manager of the football club and he's suggesting that, I am sure that has to be the case," said the striker.

"I am sure there will be a lot of changes in the summer

"At the end of the day, we just weren't good enough. We had the opportunity to go to the final and did not step up to the plate."

Keane vowed to continue giving 100% to a club he loves and hoped that it did not damage Lennon's chances of winning the manager's job long-term.

"We could have maybe won a medal, so in those circumstances it is difficult to take," said the striker.

"I obviously wanted to come up here and win something. It wasn't to be, but I am still going to enjoy the time I have left here.

"At the end of the day, I am playing for a wonderful club that I have always wanted to do since I was a little kid. To me, it does not change that.

"Neil can only put the players out on to the pitch and give them jobs to do.

"If we don't stand up to that, we are letting him down, the club down and ourselves down. As players, we have to take responsibility for that."

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see also
Celtic 0-2 Ross County
10 Apr 10 |  Scottish Cups
Keane critical of Scots pitches
10 Apr 10 |  Celtic
Lennon 'begging' Keane to stay on
09 Apr 10 |  Celtic
Lennon wants goal-burden shared
04 Apr 10 |  Celtic
Keane unlikely to stay - Mowbray
19 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Celtic secure Spurs striker Keane
01 Feb 10 |  Celtic

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