Lennon signals Keane desire

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Neil Lennon wants his first act as the new permanent manager of Celtic to be bringing Robbie Keane back to Glasgow.

Lennon was officially named the new Celtic boss on Wednesday and wants Keane to spearhead his assault on the SPL title next season.

Keane spent the second half of the season on loan at Parkhead, notching 12 goals in his 16 league appearances.

That form has proven to Lennon that he is the man to take the club forward and is looking to seek talks with Spurs in order to secure a permanent signature.

“I’d love to have Robbie Keane back here. It’ll be his decision. Financially it’ll be a big decision for us if we can pull it off.

“He was wonderful. He made a massive contribution. Not only on the field. He’s got those leadership qualities that I’m looking for. He has that quality that we’ve been lacking for a year and a half or so.

“If it’s achievable, then why not? It’s not the type of signing I need. I need to strengthen in all areas. If I can get that one extra special signing then I’d be delighted. If I can’t then I won’t be too disappointed, because I have to build a team.

“I have to add, in certain areas, not just the mentality, but the quality. I am looking to bring in a few players with a bit more experience with a bit more nous and a better mentality than we showed last year.

I’m going to make all the decisions, let’s get this clear. There are no mixed messages. I’m making all the decisions regarding the fotball department.. With other things I’ll speak with the board.”

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