Robbie Keane has set his sights on capturing a Scottish Cup medal before he returns to Tottenham at the end of the season.

The on-loan Celtic striker left Rugby Park with the match ball after his second-half hat-trick saw Tony Mowbray's men beat Kilmarnock 3-0 in their Active Nation Scottish Cup quarter-final clash.

"It would be brilliant (to take a Scottish Cup medal back)," the Republic of Ireland striker said. "I'm only here a short space of time and to win something would be fantastic."

He added: "It is vitally important (that we finish the season with a trophy). At a club like Celtic you need to be involved in these competitions and certainly get to the final and obviously it would have been very disappointing for everyone involved with Celtic if we had got beaten.

"So full credit to everyone that we got a good result and we look forward to the next round.

"In the last few games we have started to pick up and we have had some clean sheets which is always important to the confidence of the team.

"I don't think we played particularly well in the first half but the manager had a few words at half-time."

Mowbray, who revealed goalkeeper Artur Boruc missed the game after being given compassionate leave to return to Poland following the illness of a family member, refused to get too carried away by Keane's contribution.

He said: "As long as he continues to work hard for the team and contribute with goals then I will never have any complaints.

"If you break the game down, you wouldn't have said at half-time that Robbie Keane was man of the match. It is a team game and he was there to finish them off and that's why he is here, he can do that."

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