Keane strike sinks Celtic
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robbie Keane's late goal earned Republic of Ireland a 1-0 win over Celtic.Robbie Keane's late goal earned Republic of Ireland a 1-0 win over Celtic in Jackie McNamara's testimonial.
Over 45,000 fans turned up at Parkhead to pay tribute to McNamara for his 10 years' service to the club and also to bid farewell to manager Martin O'Neill.
The game was the perfect warm-up for Republic of Ireland ahead of their World Cup qualification double header with Israel and the Faroe Islands next month and also enabled the Celtic fans to see some of their old favourites who returned to Glasgow as part of the celebrations for McNamara.
Celtic dominated the majority of the first half with former Parkhead trainee Shay Given denying Craig Bellamy, Craig Beattie and Shaun Maloney with three fine saves.
Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott forced Rab Douglas into a smart save in probably his last game for Celtic, while Kevin Kilbane also poked an effort wide from close-range in the first half.
Roy Keane, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff all came off the bench for the second half with Duff's appearance a boost for Kerr after the winger missed the last six games of the season with Chelsea through injury.
McNamara was given a rapturous reception when he was substituted for Didier Agathe just before the hour mark.
Former Celtic heroes Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik both came off the bench late on to superb ovations from the crowd.
Paul Lambert made his final appearance for Celtic before joining Livingston as their new manager and he was given a standing ovation when he was replaced ten minutes from the end.
The game looked set to end in a stalemate until deep into injury time Robbie Keane converted Gary Docherty's cross at the far post.
The result did not matter much as the Celtic fans paid tribute to McNamara and O'Neill at the end of the game after an emotional afternoon in the East End of Glasgow.