Keane bangs home Scottish Cup hat-trick for Celtic

Celtic are into the Scottish Cup semifinals after their 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock.
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Celtic are into the Scottish Cup semifinals after their 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock.

On-loan Tottenham striker Robbie Keane left Rugby Park with the match ball after his second-half hat-trick saw Tony Mowbray's men beat Kilmarnock 3-0 in their Active Nation Scottish Cup quarter-final clash.

Keane has now scored eight goals in eight games since arriving at Parkhead in January and while the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title looks an unlikely prospect - Celtic are 13 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers - he is looking to finish the season off with some silverware.

"It would be brilliant (to take a Scottish Cup medal back)," the Republic of Ireland striker said.

"I'm only here a short space of time and to win something would be fantastic.

"It is vitally important (that we finish the season with a trophy).

"At a club like Celtic you need to be involved in these competitions and certainly get to the final and obviously it would have been very disappointing for everyone involved with Celtic if we had got beaten today.

"So full credit to everyone that we got a good result and we look forward to the next round.

"In the last few games we have started to pick up and we have had some clean sheets which is always important to the confidence of the team.

"I don't think we played particularly well in the first half but the manager had a few words at half-time."

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