After going along with them in December 2005, Keane made only 13 appearances for Celtic however added the medals of the victor in the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup to his enviable assortment before deciding to leave.
On that day, fourteen years ago, Roy Keane cut down the curtain on his remarkable career, the previous captain of Manchester United saying medical advice on a long-standing hip injury meant retirement was his “one alternative.”
Yet, it was south of the fringe that he had his title really marked. In spite of an acrimonious exit from Old Trafford the prior month he joined the Hoops, during 12 years at United Keane made himself a great club.
He guaranteed that his name would be spoken with the same amount of dream saved for any semblance of George Best, Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, the Class of ’92 and, all the more as of late, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The fans agreed when he blamed the “prawn sandwich party” for declining to support their side, the Red Devils applauded while voicing their interests for team-mates who cared more for their “Rolexes and Mansions” than for their endeavors on the field.
When in February he stood up to Patrick Vieira in the Highbury burrow and told the Frenchman that he would “see him out there” it was lapped up by the Old Trafford crowds.
Be that as it may, transcripts of what was called an ‘unbroadcastable’ MUTV meet that appeared in print containing stinging personal attacks on teammates were accounted for planting the seeds of his downfall.
Keane’s last couple of years in the north-west were recalled more for his words than for his actions, with the major hip medical procedure left its mark in 2002, months after a walk-out from the World Cup training camp in the Republic of Ireland.
However, the player who threatened restriction at the stature of his career at home and abroad is properly viewed as one of the greatest midfielders ever to grace the English game.