Box office Keane is worth the wages
Robbie Keane lifted Celtic from mundane to magnificent in the second half of their Scottish Cup tie at Dunfermline, proving that if you want quality, you have to pay for it.
Keane's appearance electrified East End Park and created a cacaphony among the Celtic support.
The Republic of Ireland striker's massive wages are part of top-flight football.
His intelligence and energy make him box office and he could transform Celtic's season once he settles into his rhythm. That'll do the Parkhead merchandising department no harm at all.
His penalty was perfect and his trademark celebration cartwheel a real touch of showmanship, which made you feel that Scottish football was part of something special again.
Players who can rise above the humdrum and energise a crowd as he did are worth their weight in gold.
In the past Henrik Larsson and Brian Laudrup set the game alight as did others of that ilk.
It's what football is all about, the chance to watch a real artiste in action, taking the game to a different level.
It's not just the Old Firm who have had the special talents; most Scottish clubs have had one at some time or other and they create a special buzz around the ground.
You'll all have had your own favourite at your own club.
Think Falkirk, think Russell Latapy; think Dundee, think Claudio Caniggia; or rolling back the years think Motherwell, think Davie Cooper; think Hibs, think George Best.
Some lasted longer than others but all had one thing in common, a magical ability that made you want to see them again and again and talk for hours into the night about them.
Keane will be in Scotland only for a short time. He may not be the very best you'll have seen but in the current climate he stands out like a polar bear in the Sahara.
Celtic fans should enjoy him while they can.