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Celtic move: miserable Robbie Keane 'had to leave Spurs'

Robbie Keane has admitted that he was miserable at Tottenham Hotspur and had to leave.

The Republic of Ireland captain's shock loan move to Celtic got off to a disastrous start on Tuesday evening when they slumped to lowly Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

However, the 29-year-old, who acknowledged that he was rusty in that encounter, is just happy to get back playing football after a stint on the bench at Spurs behind Harry Redknapp's chosen duo of Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe.

The arrival of Eidur Gudjohnsen lessened Keane's chances of breaking in and while a move to Wolves was another possible, he opted to decamp to Scotland. Despite an unfortunate debut, Keane believes the move was necessary for the sake of his happiness.

“At the end of the day, I just like playing football,” said Keane, speaking after the 1-0 defeat at Rugby Park, “It's as simple as that. I love playing football.

“When I'm not playing, I am miserable and I miss it. So that's the reason why I am here.”

Keane still believes that it will be possible to pick up silverware during his brief stay, although Tony Mowbray's side trail leaders Rangers by 10 points. He feels that he will be far more of an asset when he gets some more games under his belt.

“I feel I need a few more games to get myself 100 percent fit,” he said, “I started to tire towards the end of the game [on Tuesday] but that was to be expected. I've been training quite hard but there's nothing like matches. I will only get fully right when I play a few games.

“There's no reason why we cannot have a chance of winning the title. I need a few games and to put a run together. There's every chance because there's a long way to go.”

Celtic have 15 games left in which to reduce the deficit. Next up for Keane is a Scottish Cup trip to Dunfermline on Sunday.

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