Lennon prepared to beg to get Keane to stay

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Neil Lennon will beg Robbie Keane to stay on at Celtic Park next season.

The Republic of Ireland star has scored 12 goals in 12 games since signing on loan from Tottenham in January. Most people expect Keane to return to London in the summer and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp recently said that there was no chance that his striker would remain at Parkhead.

However. Lennon said: "I'm not giving up on him staying. It will ultimately be Robbie's decision but I will be begging him every day from here on in to stay if he can."

Ahead of the Active Nation Scottish Cup semi-final against Ross County at Hampden, Keane, not for the first time, skirted around the issue, saying: "From day one I've said that I don't want to speak about it until the end of the season."

But Lennon said: "We need that calibre of player at a club like this, we need a 25-30 goals-a-season player if we can go out and get them.

"He is world class. His pedigree, calibre and his record speaks for itself.

"He's a very intelligent footballer, he has a cool head under pressure and is a good finisher, and he has that touch of charisma that all the good players have.

"He can stand up against anyone in Britain and parts of Europe as well and he's been a huge player for us in the short time he has been here."

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