Robbie Keane capped a day of frenetic transfers as clubs scrambled to sign players to bolster their squads.
He goes to Celtic on loan from Spurs till the end of the season after falling in the depth chart with Harry Redknapp preferring Peter Crouch to partner Jermain Defoe. With Roman Pavlyuchenko and Eidur Gudjohnsen also vying for appearances, Keane would have struggled to find meaningful playing minutes.
For Keane who grew up in Dublin worshipping Celtics, this is a homecoming 29 years in the making.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to be here,” said Keane, who will wear the Celtic No.7 shirt made famous by legends like Jimmy Johnstone and Henrik Larsson.
“This is a dream for me. It’s no secret that I’m a Celtic fan and I always wanted to play for them. I’m coming at a good age. I didn’t want to come at 34 when I’m struggling. I feel I can really help the club.”
Tony Mowbray is hoping that his presence will electrify their squad. It won’t be an easy task as they are 10 points behind Rangers with Hibs and Dundee close behind. Celtics also managed to bag Diomansy Kamara from Fulham. Fans will get to see Keane on the pitch Tuesday against Kilmarnock. He will partner his Republic of Ireland team mate Aiden McGeady.