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Monday 11 December 2017

Carey dedicates Saints' Cup mission to the Bhoys

Graham Carey would have been an unlikely bet at the start of the season to be the first Celtic player to pick up a winners' medal.

After spending part of the summer on loan at Bohemians, Carey returned to Celtic hoping to impress new manager Tony Mowbray.

The Dubliner made half a dozen appearances on the Celtic bench before making his debut with a 13-minute run away to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League in December before going out on loan again last month to St Mirren.

Earlier this month he scored his first goal for the Paisley side with a stunning free-kick at Ibrox, although St Mirren eventually lost 3-1.

Tomorrow Carey will wear the black and white of St Mirren against Rangers in the final of the League Cup with Celtic very much in mind.

He said: "I dedicated that Ibrox goal to my grandparents who were over for the first time. I didn't know I'd get a game, so imagine how they felt seeing me score on my first SPL start. I think half of Ireland will follow them over for the final, but I'll also be doing it for my other family at Celtic.

"Hopefully we can end any chance of Rangers getting a treble. We're going to attack, not soak up the pressure, and with thousands there from Paisley it won't be like Ibrox, with only a few hundred backing us. I'm sure everyone at Celtic will be on my side, so I think Rangers are in for a real game of it.

"I believe we have a better chance in a one-off cup tie and we can thank the fans properly by lifting the cup."

Robbie Keane, meanwhile, has laughed off the hype surrounding his move to Celtic and described his wages as "stupid money".

No article on Keane is complete in the Scottish press without mentioning the '£65,000 a week striker'.

Without a real title race to speak of this season, the prospect of Keane staying beyond his loan deal is regularly brought up despite being dismissed by Harry Redknapp, Joe Jordan and Tony Mowbray within the last week.

Keane is concentrating on enjoying his football and finding the net on a regular basis. He said: "Of course there's pressure on me, there's been a lot of hype about me coming up and people talking about the stupid money I'm getting doesn't help. I'm judged straight away because of that but I can only do what I know best and that's to do well for the team and to score goals."

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