Robbie Keane insists there are no regrets despite dream move to Celtic turning sour

ROBBIE Keane has often described playing for Celtic as the fulfilment of a dream.

But it can be assumed that this dream did not involve throngs of angry fans of the club waiting outside Celtic Park to jeer the players following embarrassing defeats.

This has already happened twice in Keane's short Celtic career – the first after the 4-0 defeat at St Mirren. And though the player himself has displayed the expected sure-touch in front of goal – he has been named Clydesdale Bank Player of the Month award after scoring five times in March alone – he agreed that the loan move from Tottenham had not gone as well as he had hoped. But the striker has no regrets. "People keep asking me (why I bothered coming to Celtic]," he said. "But I came to play for Celtic and I always wanted to do that. Clearly, things haven't gone well for the team, but what can you do about that? It's the way football goes at times. There is no point crying about it. I can only speak about the club as a whole and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here," he continued.

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"I would have liked to go back down the road with a medal, but it's not to be the case. Would I change things? Of course I would. I'd change the league situation and what has happened in the cup, but you can't change the past. You can only change the future and I hope we can do well over the remaining six games and try to rectify the bad situation we are in at the moment."

Celtic's struggles appear to have reduced the chances of Keane making his stay at the club a permanent one, although finances remain an issue. According to the player, no decision has been made about his long-term future. Despite the problems at the club, Keane has relished the opportunity to play for Celtic.

"Personally I'd have to say things have gone well because I have enjoyed my football and scored goals," he said. "But, as a footballer, you look at how the team is doing and that is how you judge things.

Keane contended that no player should be dismayed to see his team absent from the team-sheet for tonight's league fixture with Motherwell following Saturday's loss to Ross County – him included.

"He (Neil Lennon] was critical and rightly so," he said. "If people are not playing against Motherwell or get dropped, no-one can knock on his door and say they should be playing."