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Keane is head over heels for Celtic


Robbie Keane celebrated in style as he bagged two goals against Falkirk

Robbie Keane celebrated in style as he bagged two goals against Falkirk

Robbie Keane celebrated in style as he bagged two goals against Falkirk

A Robbie Keane double took Celtic back to within 10 points of Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers, who also have a game in hand.

Most Hoops' fans have given up on the title race but the Celtic boss is adamant that, although expectations are fading, there is not any less pressure on his players.

“If anything, there was more pressure on the team to get a result because, again, not all of you, but the way some of the Scottish media work, they like piling it on,” he said.

“So we have to keep going and keep winning matches, that's what we do.

“There is no lack of motivation. There is no greater motivation than every time you pull on a Hoops' shirt.

“You should be 100% focused on trying to win because the supporters of the club come to support our team home and away and they deserve a performance.

“I thought they got a very professional performance today.”

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Keane’s double though keeps Celtic’s faint Clydesdale Bank Premier League title hopes alive.

Robert Olejnik had foiled the on-loan Irishman twice before he drilled the ball past the Bairns keeper in the 34th minute after being set up by Morten Rasmussen.

The home side passed up several decent chances before Keane grabbed his second in the 79th minute. in the 31st minute Olejnik made a great save from Keane after the on-loan Hoops striker had unleashed a ferocious shot from 16 yards.

However, three minutes later Keane showed his class when Rasmussen threaded him in, this time the Republic of Ireland striker confidently knocking the ball low past Olejnik.

Falkirk had threatened sporadically beforehand but moments later Celtic keeper Artur Boruc had to stretch on the line to claw away Ryan Flynn's close-range effort and prevent a certain equaliser. However, seconds before the break the Celtic defence appeared frail when Arfield drove into the box but, when the ball broke fortuitously for Enoch Showunmi, he scuffed his shot with only Boruc to beat.

On the hour mark, Georgios Samaras flashed a shot from the edge of the box wide of the target and, seconds later, Showunmi threatened to burst clear into the visitors' box but the Bairns' lone striker did not have the change of gear and was again crowded out.

Showunmi missed another decent chance when he headed Darren Barr's cross over the crossbar from six yards out and then, in the 72nd minute, the Scotland defender set up Lima who drove over from 14 yards.

The home side were made to pay for their profligacy in the 79th minute when a quick Marc Crosas free-kick sent Keane racing past the Bairns defence and he knocked the ball past Olejnik to secure the points.

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