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GALAXY: Celtic also an option for Keane

1/4/2012

If Robbie Keane doesn't accept a loan deal with English club Aston Villa, he might have an opportunity to the north.

The Scottish Sun reported Wednesday that Glasgow giant Celtic could offer the Galaxy forward a two-month deal if talks with Villa collapse.

Keane scored a dozen goals in 16 Scottish Premier League games during a four-month loan in 2010 from London's Tottenham to Celtic, where he received the fans' player-of-the-year award.

The Scottish Sun, citing no sources, claims Celtic manager Neil Lennon is following the Irish striker's saga in England and have informed his representatives that the option exists.

British tabloid Daily Mail reports that Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish, unwilling to become involved in a drawn-out process, has set the end of this week as a deadline for working out a deal with Keane, who is set to train with Tottenham until Jan. 20. McLeish has declined to comment on the matter.

Tim Leiweke, president of Galaxy ownership group AEG, told ESPN Los Angeles on Tuesday that the club would entertain loan offers for Keane, but “only if Robbie wants to do it.” Keane, whom L.A. acquired in August, said a few days after the Nov. 20 MLS Cup triumph over Houston that he wasn't looking to return to England on loan.

Galaxy captain Landon Donovan has started his second loan assignment with Everton and is set to play in the Toffees' English Premier League match against Bolton on Wednesday.