Roy Keane, the player, the manager, the assistant manager and all round head case. With his new book out, extracts are been banded around the internet so much, you probably won’t need to purchase it.
The words read and seen discussed the most online are of course the Celtic related ones. Yes, yes, he’s had more interesting times in his career, but as a Celtic fan, you tend to take more of an interest in the comments that hit closer to home.
In his book he talks about turning down the Celtic managers job as well as making references to his short spell playing for the club under Gordon Strachan. Strachan didn’t come in for any abuse but he was singled out by Keane for something not far off.
Personally, I was never really a fan of Roy Keane coming to Celtic. It was an unnecessary move for the club but Dermot Desmond obviously wanted him no matter how long or short that would have been for.
An Irish International basket case in a Celtic jersey. Every Celtic supporters dream right? No.
First off, when he declared he wanted to finish his career at Celtic all I could marvel at was the arrogance. That Celtic Football Club was some kind of retirement home for ageing footballers.
Celtic were doing just fine that season if memory serves correct. Sure, Keane came in and twisted the knife a little more to compound further misery on our now extinct rivals.
That may have been worth it alone for some. If he had played another season I might have given him some respect.
Keane said he was on £15K whilst others were saying it was more. Personally I don’t really care how much it was because what annoyed me more about it was that Dermot Desmond was prepared to sanction that kind of money when it suited him and not when it was badly needed as we have seen over the years.
In the years that followed, Celtic made a similar move by bringing in Robbie Keane. By that point the league was pretty much over for Celtic but still, the club sanctioned a loan move for Robbie Keane when things were grim.
To be fair to Robbie, he did his job by scoring goals. His goals to game ratio was just under one for every game but it didn’t change the fate of Celtic that season or indeed the fate of Tony Mowbray.
Perhaps it was a throw of the dice by Dermot, perhaps it was just to boost shirt sales and put bums on seats. I would probably argue that it was more of a need then, than when Roy Keane joined.
The book itself has more in store than just Celtic stories. Indeed some of the juicier stuff is from his days at Manchester United but it gets my back up when screw-balls like Roy Keane feel they just have to vent their spleen about Celtic.
As a person he will always tell it how it is. As a pundit he has been no different.
I don’t dislike the guy, but sometimes he just needs to shut his noise. He was a great player, not right in the head and controversial pretty much all of the time, but every now again he reminds me of why I never wanted him at Celtic Park as a player or a manager.