Robbie Keane's lengthy sit-down with Graham Hunter is a delight, and we cannot recommend it highly enough to Irish fans, and indeed to football fans in general. As you'd expect, Hunter and Keane traverse myriad topics across an almost ninety-minute chat, and it also touches on Robbie's proclivity for a song.
That Keane is a big singer comes as no surprise to many of us: there's a heap of videos around in which Keane belts out a song, and there's also the fact that it is in his blood (he's related to Morrissey).
As part of his preparation, Hunter asked Michael Carrick for questions tips for his former teammate. Carrick's one piece of advice was not to ask about singing, as Keane might never shut up about it.
That's jealousy coming from Michael! There is nothing to clear up apart from me being a way better singer than Michael! Myself and Michael are good friends as you know, we played together at Tottenham and we used to go out with the girls and go back to his house and we used to put the music on and have a sing-song, so he knows that both of us like to have a sing-song.
I was brought up with music, my father was a singer. It was very big in my house. Traditional Irish music as well as what my Dad liked, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart. So any holidays that I had as a kid, which wasn't many, was to see my father in singing competitions. I was brought up on that, learned to play the guitar, and he would go off and sing in pubs, that was his job.
It's so funny, I was in LA last week, and I know Rod really well. We took a photo and sent it back to the family. Imagine if my father was alive now, seeing me with Rod Stewart. He was one of his heroes.
Keane went on to explain how he got to know Stewart, and it comes back to his time playing with LA Galaxy. In doing so, Keane revealed the enormous monument to Celtic that garlands Stewart's mansion in L.A.:
We used to go up to Rod’s in LA and play five a side. He has a nice astroturf pitch up there with a massive, big Celtic crest on it, which is great. Ten or twelve lads used to go up there with the kids and play, and it was good fun.
Stewart is, of course, a huge Celtic fan, and this now allows us to return to perhaps the finest moment in Scottish football history: a pissed Rod Stewart doing the draw for the Scottish Cup.
Listen to a free section of Hunter's chat with Keane here.
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