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12th Jan 2024

“One or two idiots” – Roy Keane lifts lid on spell at Celtic

Lee Costello

Roy Keane Celtic

“You talk about getting a shock.”

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has lifted the lid on his spell at Celtic, where he ended his career after 12 years in Old Trafford.

Keane had famously fallen out with Sir Alex Ferguson who decided to terminate his contract, despite being the club’s captain at the time, and an iconic figure during their success over the previous decade.

The Irishman then joined Celtic, a team that he followed as a boy, and where he would spend the last six months of his career before retiring due to a serious hip injury.

“One or two idiots” – Roy Keane lifts the lid on his time at Celtic

However, although he enjoyed his time at the club, there was a stark difference between it and the standard he was leaving behind in Manchester.

“You talk about getting a shock, I remember when I went to Celtic – it’s this iconic, amazing club. But I leave United and the stadium (Celtic Park) is amazing, but I hadn’t really seen the training ground.

“I am going back a few years, they have a good one now, but I was in the dressing room at Celtic and they go to the dressing room to get changed, and I had been at United; but you change at Celtic Park and drive to the training ground in your boots and your gear.

“Three or four of us would drive in the car and usually it was f****** raining up there, we would train and then all get back in the car and drive back. All of a sudden you are thinking, ‘This is different’.

“But for all my comforts at United, I did enjoy being in another dressing room. The Celtic lads, there was one or two idiots, but generally speaking, they were all great lads. I really enjoyed my time at Celtic in terms of a different dressing room.”

You can watch Keane speak about his time at Celtic below in the latest episode of Stick to Football.

In his autobiography, Keane wrote about his time at Celtic and referenced one incident that symbolised how different life at the club was compared to at Man United.

After his first game for the Glasgow club, Keane got on the team bus and saw John Hartson eating a packet of crisps and drinking a fizzy drink.

“When I got on the bus John Hartson, a really good guy, was already sitting there and he was eating a packet of crisps – with a fizzy drink. I said to myself: Welcome to Hell.”

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