Harry Redknapp has said that Robbie Keane still has a future with Tottenham, despite the fact he has allowed the Irishman to head to Celtic on loan for the season.
Keane sealed a dramatic deadline day switch to Celtic on loan for the remainder of the season, having fallen down the pecking order at Spurs.
With Eidur Gudjohnsen joining on loan as well and Roman Pavlyuchenko playing himself back into the first team picture, Redknapp fels the move was best for all parties.
“It was difficult for him not playing regularly, and he is not happy to have been out of the team.
“Crouch and Defoe are in good form and it can cause you problems when you have too many good players in one position.
“I could not guarantee Robbie that he would start tomorrow in the cup at Leeds, or against Villa at the weekend – and he needs to play.
“Robbie is not happy to sit around taking money without playing – yesterday in training, he worked hard as always, but there was a bit of a ‘Mr Angry’ to him.
“He has a great enthusiasm for the game, Celtic is his team and it was a move for him I didn’t want to stop him doing.”
Redknapp insisted that it was purely a loan and that a permanent move was unlikely to materialise.
“I cannot see it being permanent. It is only a loan, until the end of the season.
“I would think that might be as far as it goes.”
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