Keane is key for Bhoys - Kamara

06 February 2010 10:44
Kamara was the centre of attention after joining the Hoops on loan from Fulham on Monday morning.[LNB]But his capture could hardly have been more quickly forgotten once news emerged Keane was on his way from Tottenham.[LNB]Yet, rather than act as if his thunder had been stolen, Kamara was as giddy as any Celtic fan about the capture of his fellow 29-year-old.[LNB]"When you have top-class players in your team, you're always excited to play with these kinds of players," Kamara said.[LNB]"You play football to play with the best players.[LNB]"When we saw him arrive, we said, 'Ah, nice'.[LNB]"It's better he signed for Celtic than for Rangers!"[LNB]Kamara may not have joined the thousands gathered outside Parkhead for their idol's midnight unveiling but he could appreciate their excitement.[LNB]"Robbie Keane is a big star and he is a Celtic fan," the Senegal striker said.[LNB]"I'm so happy for him, I think he came here to play, to score goals, and this is the most important thing for everyone."[LNB]He added: "He played for Inter Milan, for Liverpool, he was the captain of Ireland, he was the captain also at Tottenham.[LNB]"It's massive for us to have a player like this in our team.[LNB]"He can make the difference."[LNB]Kamara knows, however, that the sight of Keane in a Hoops jersey will inspire opponents as much it will team-mates, as Celtic found to their cost in Tuesday night's shock Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat at Kilmarnock.[LNB]"He played so well on Tuesday - he had chances to score," Kamara said.[LNB]"When you have a player like Robbie Keane in your team, everyone wants to beat you and everything's focused on Robbie Keane, Robbie Keane, Robbie Keane.[LNB]"It's a good challenge for him."[LNB]Manager Tony Mowbray backed Keane to rise to that challenge.[LNB]"Every top player has expectation," he said.[LNB]"You don't become a top player and you don't have the career that Robbie's had if you don't deal with expectation and the demands put on you.[LNB]"It's what you do when you go on the pitch.[LNB]"You put your boots on, you go and score some goals, you make your team tick.[LNB]"And if you don't, you don't get to the level of expectancy that he's got upon his shoulders.[LNB]"It's part and parcel of what makes you the player you are."[LNB]Keane's next chance to prove himself comes in Sunday's Active Nation Scottish Cup fifth-round tie at Dunfermline.[LNB]Looking to upstage him in the same way Chris Maguire did on Tuesday is Pars striker Andy Kirk.[LNB]"We're a good side and we're at home, so we have got to be positive and look forward to the game," the Northern Ireland international said.[LNB]"There is no point going into a game thinking you are not going to get a result.[LNB]"If we can keep them quiet for 20 minutes or half an hour then that will give us a platform to build on ourselves.[LNB]"Even though they are coming into the game on a bit of a downer, we need to be on top of our game if we are going to do anything."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk