Celtic can’t afford to keep Spurs ace Robbie Keane
Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has told fans to enjoy watching Robbie Keane for the rest of the season as the Parkhead club have little chance of buying him in the summer.
The Republic of Ireland star has scored eight goals in eight games since arriving on-loan from Tottenham in January.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, however, claimed he will not be loaning Keane out again which means Celtic would have to come up with a substantial transfer fee if they want to keep him.
Celtic boss Mowbray ruled out a permanent deal ahead of the Scottish Premier League clash with St Johnstone at Parkhead.
“It is about Robbie enjoying his football and hopefully the Celtic fans have enjoyed what he brings and the goals that he brings,” he said.
“If he goes back to Tottenham at the end of the season all we can do is hope he enjoyed his time at Celtic and contributed some goals, which he already has done, and hopefully some enjoyment for the supporters.
“Football is very much about finance these days and Robbie Keane is way out of our structure.
“He cost Spurs £12million. I don't think that our board are going to loosen the purse strings that much.
“Harry Redknapp has some pretty special players at his disposal and Robbie is here because Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko were competition for him and obviously he wanted to play. He may face similar challenges when he goes back.
“But when was the last time a Scottish club played £12million for a player? Was it Tore Andre Flo? Those days are long gone in the Scottish game, I think.”
Celtic have beaten Saints 5-2 at home and 4-1 away this season, but Mowbray is expecting a difficult afternoon against a side he believes might have surprised some people by moving to within three points of sixth-placed Hearts with two games in hand.
Marc-Antoine Fortune is hoping that Mowbray is aware of his scoring record against the Perth side this season when it comes to picking his starting XI.
The former Nancy striker, who was on the bench for last week's Active Nation Scottish Cup win at Kilmarnock, has grabbed a brace in both games against the Perth side and believes that St Johnstone can be considered his “lucky team.”