ROBBIE KEANE last night arrived amid a blaze of euphoria at Celtic – and immediately pledged to bring success to Parkhead.
The Republic of Ireland international swept into the club as Hoops chiefs pulled off the signing coup of the transfer window in the UK.
Supporters gathered outside Celtic Park from as early as 5pm yesterday as news broke of the striker’s loan move from Spurs to Glasgow’s East End.
To add to the drama and anticipation, Keane’s flight to Prestwick Airport from London was delayed as fever gripped the waiting faithful who had swamped the car park.
When he finally marched on to the steps of the stadium just before midnight, joyous scenes erupted as 3000 punters hailed their new hero.
Keane, who will earn £1.3million during his stay until the end of the season, is one of eight men signed by Tony Mowbray in a transfer window of incredible activity at Parkhead, the others being Ki-Sung Yueng, Jos Hooiveld, Thomas Rogne, Morten Rasmussen, Diomansy Kamara, Edson Braafheid and Paul Slane.
But the stunning capture of the 29-year-old is the one that has rocked Scottish football and provided a monumental shot in the arm to manager Mowbray’s tenure.
Keane, who will wear the No.7 shirt, addressed the jubilant crowd and said: “It’s absolutely unbelievable. This is the reason I wanted to come to Celtic.
“These fans are unbelievable. I’d like to say thank you very much to everyone for turning out.
“I know it’s late, so thanks very much. I really appreciate it.”
As green flares and smoke filled the sky, Keane added: “Over the years, I have been a Celtic fan. It’s been a mad few days but I’m here now and hoping to bring a lot ofsuccess in these short few months that I am here.”
Despite his late arrival, the hitman is hoping to be involved when the Hoops play their game in hand in the SPL tonight at Kilmarnock.
Chief executive Peter Lawwell was delighted with the capture.
He said: “This is a great day for the club.
“We’ve been monitoring his situation for the last few windows and now it has happened. Robbie’s situation at Spurs was made pretty plain to him and he always knew we were keen to get him. We hope he comes here and connects with the club.”