Sports Digest: Leinster to play Cardiff Blues at home in the quarterfinals of the Heineken Cup
A round up of sports news from the last week
He said, “I feel good, I feel sharp, this was my first game since December 7.
“I’ve felt good the last few weeks in training. I’m feeling sharper and sharper and you saw that against Wolves.
“I’m only here for a short time so if I can help in any way possible, then great.”
McLeish said, “Somehow I had to get Robbie into the team. I said that to him last week.
“I said, ‘Train well this week and I’m seriously thinking about you.’ After what happened at Wolves, he picks himself. Robbie is a proud man and whoever he plays for, he’ll do his best for that team.
“He has got a lot of affection for Wolves, but right now he is a Villa player and he showed how passionate he is about the game and how much it meant to him with two cracking goals.”
McLeish also admitted that he would welcome Keane with open arms if he decided to return to the Premier League on a permanent basis.
“It’s one of these things he’s chosen to do. It is up to Robbie,” insisted McLeish. “If he feels he wants to come back to the Premier League, I’m sure there would be some welcoming arms.”
Celtic boss Neil Lennon singled captain Scott Brown out for special praise after his winner in the 2-0 win over St. Mirren as the Bhoys made it 12 wins in a row.
Brown sent winger James Forrest in for the first goal in the 71st minute then grabbed a second with a sublime finish three minutes from the full-time whistle.
“I challenged Scott before the game to get a goal for us if he could,” said Lennon. “I also wanted a big performance from him and I got both.
“I thought he was sensational today. He loves those types of games. His reading of the game was very good, he broke up the play and he was driving the game for us and to cap it off with a beautiful goal speaks volumes for him.”
Brown himself played down his goal. “Maybe the boss should ask me to score every week,” he laughed.
Celtic’s 12 match winning run is their best spell in four years as they lead Rangers in the chase for the Scottish title.
“In terms of the run we’ve been on that was our toughest game,” added Lennon. “Credit to St. Mirren and obviously conditions played a huge part in the game as well but I’m thrilled with the win and thrilled with the clean sheet.”
Celtic have completed the signing of Nigerian youngster Rabiu Ibrahim after his release from Dutch side Feyenoord while young winger James Forrest has been linked with a move to Spurs.
Polish defender Jaroslaw Fojut has signed a pre-contract deal with Celtic and will move from Slask Wroclaw in the summer.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has officially ended his interest in signing Celtic striker Gary Hooper.
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