Mark McGhee has a special connection to Robbie Keane. The current Scotland assistant manager was in charge of Wolves and gave a 17-year-old Keane his debut half a lifetime ago.
In the build-up to this Friday's game against Ireland, McGhee has been full of praise for his former striker, describing him as 'sensational':
I’m delighted for him. He’s a great lad and I remember the day he made his debut at Norwich. He was 17, we brought over his mum and dad and I still remember the emotion in the directors’ box when he scored the two goals. He’s a fantastic lad, a fantastic player and has had a marvellous career.
McGhee went on to claim that Keane was the best young player he ever coached and he has been most impressed by how the Ireland captain has matured as a man over the years since:
He has really become a man, coming from being a kind of Jack the lad little Irish boy, to quite a serious and respected individual, captaining his country. It’s a fantastic rise. He’ll be relishing this game, going to Parkhead, that’s for sure.
The Scotland assistant manager is not the only person to be singing the praises of Keane in recent times, with Jurgen Klinsmann describing him as a perfect role model.
via: Daily Mail