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Longer stay at Celtic ruled out by Keane

On-loan Celtic striker Robbie Keane has confirmed he intends to start next season back at Tottenham.

The 29-year-old has impressed since arriving in Glasgow on transfer deadline day, prompting talk the Hoops could seek to keep him at Parkhead, but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp insisted on Friday there was "no way" he wanted Keane's loan to be extended.

And the player himself does not see himself staying in Scotland beyond this season either.

"I've got a three-year contract at Tottenham so I will go back there in the summer," he said.

"It's just a loan move and always has been.

"I've got a lot of friends down at Tottenham and I miss the lads — I speak to them all the time and they are doing well at the moment.

"I also miss the tea ladies — they are very good down there!"

Tony Mowbray has backed Keane to double his goal tally before he heads back to London.

His second-half penalty in the 3-0 Scottish Premier League win over St Johnstone at Parkhead on Saturday was his ninth goal in nine games since arriving .

With nine SPL games remaining and a Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian or Ross County to come, Mowbray is expecting a continuation of the theme.

"A goal a game? I think so," the Hoops' boss said.

"He could have scored more than the penalty kick against St Johnstone.

"Most goalkeepers seem to be inspired against Robbie and there were a few good saves against him, but I'm sure the chances will continue to come.

"Like all top strikers he is looking to score goals and I'm sure he will continue to score goals in the last nine games or whatever is left."

Mowbray revealed that Keane's strike partner against Saints, Paul McGowan, had "cemented" his place in the first-team squad with his performance in what was his first SPL start of the season and he believes the 22-year-old could be a perfect foil for the Republic of Ireland star.

"Keane has shown me that he is the type of player that plays on the shoulder of the last defender," said Mowbray.

"You either have a big guy who Robbie can play off, or you have a guy like McGowan who is half-striker, half-midfielder and who can turn and slide the ball between the gaps."

Teenage defender Josh Thompson scored his first goal for the Hoops since signing from Stockport last summer to give them a half-time advantage before Keane netted the penalty to effectively end the contest.

Substitute Georgios Samaras, on for Marc-Antoine Fortune, completed the scoring with three minutes remaining as the Parkhead men went to within 10 points of SPL leaders Rangers.

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