Keegan Wants To Sign Dundee’s Robson

The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Kevin Keegan is hoping to make Dundee United midfielder Barry Robson his first senior signing of his second spell as manager of Newcastle United.


Barry Robson – can play central midfield or left wing

Robson, who can play in the center of midfield or on the left wing, and apparently was identified by Keegan during his spell in Glasgow running his Soccer Circus up there. Chris Mort will now move to acquire the player, after transfer discussions on Thursday with new manager Keegan at Newcastle’s Benton training ground.

The 29-year-old has been capped only once by Scotland last year, but has attracted interest from Celtic, after becoming one of the Scottish Premier League’s most consistent performers, in the last two years.

Celtic are thought to be preparing a £750K bid for a player but Newcastle are poised to outbid Celtic, to bring the player to Newcastle United. We first had assumed Barry will be a squad player and is being bought to build the squad. But that’s not exactly what Kevin said he would do yesterday, at his press conference. Kevin said he would only bring in players that would improve the squad, so we can only assume Keegan rates Robson highly.

The Aberdeen-born Robson has played 142 times for Dundee since 2003, and scored 29 goals. He stands 5’11” tall and previous to Dundee he played for Inverness and was initially at Celtic, although he never played for their first team. He was on loan at Forfar Athletic from 1999-2000, where he played 25 games and scored 9 goals. Robson played for Inverness from 1997 through 2003 and played 135 times scoring 17 goals.

This seems an odd signing for Newcastle to make – but as we said we have to assume he is highly regarded by Kevin.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Coolsmurf

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    i never heard of this bloke and we saw how barry ferguson struggled in the epl and is now happily back in spl.

  • Zx

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Who knows he could be the next Rob Lee…

  • steve mcgill

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    he’s the same type of player as Scott Sellars – he wasnt a bad player was he

  • Rocky

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Never heard of this Robson. My mate in Scotland tells me he is an average player. I’m a bit dubious especially looking at the kind of players KK brought at Manchester City.
    I just hope that was due to lack of funds and he will spend Ashleys money on decent signings.
    Can’t wait to see his attacking football again.
    I would love to see the following formation when the African players a re back:

    Beye Rozenhal Taylor Enrique
    Milner Nzogbia Duff
    Owen Martins

  • scott9

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    seems an odd by but i trust keegan

  • toonfan1

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    barry robson is a pretty good player, i saw his goal midweek ad it was a screamer but cant see him playing often, maye a squad player? Team for 2day’s game at bolton:
    Carr Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Roz N’Zogbia Duff
    Owen (C) Carroll (maybe shola)

    heard that the duke is an injury doubt so big andy will fill the gap i think.

    subs: harper, ameobi or carroll, lua lua, edgar and troisi

  • Howie

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    he is a very talented skilful player but no pace and bit lazy. only be less than million though so wouldnt be that much of a risk

  • iain

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    is he a better cm than butt or smith answer…


    so he will improve the squad.

  • Shane Coghlan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Definately not a signing for the ladies 😛

    Would be a wierd first signing for Keegan. Never seen him play mind but a 29 year old Scot with only 1 cap doesn’t make exciting reading.

  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    load of rubbish!! and thats that, the bloke isnt good enough to come to toon and keegan said, we can attract and get big players. this bloke is not big,truth is, the papers have not got a clue, under this new regime of mort and ashley not that much seems to get out

  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    he looks like a smack head sucking on a lemon

  • Gilly

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Perhaps the Journal mis-heard….and KK was talking to Bobby Robson about transfers!!

  • Len

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #13


  • Adrian Swall

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #14

    This won’t happen. There’s a story in the Daily Record but there’s nowt on the Journal website!

  • Oba Martins

    Jan 19, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    He is a good player in Scotland but i dont think he good enough for Premiersip plus he 29 years old.

  • ShiNg

    Jan 19, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    just want to see carrick wear the black white shirt and play the game in our midfield.
    a DM who have a billriant passing skill…………much better than Butt…….

  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Not surprised by this. Keegan was watching Scottish games on TV when he was in Glasgow.

    But I agree with the post about Carrick. Can’t wait to see him back home where he belongs.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Get Carrick £14 million (or less) is better than £20 million quoted on this site earlier in the week.

    How much did Man U pay 4 him?

  • dragoner

    Jan 19, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #19

    If we pay any more than 10-12million for Carrick it will not be a good buy, there are better players out there who can be bought for cheaper, the only reason i would want Carrick for around 10 million is because he is a Geordie and will be passionate for the club, and he has played at the highest level

  • Hadrian

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    carrick’s english so overpriced , need to avoid these transfers .

  • lar

    Jan 19, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #21

    robson has tremendous ability and scores goals for fun the reason he cant get a game for scotland is because hes not an old firm player
    he has been very loyal to utd

  • Colin

    Jan 19, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #22


    He scored another two today, making him joint third scorer in the SPL! Not bad for someone who is also joint top on assists as well!

  • Diego Simeone

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ve compiled a list of targets we ought to pursue in addition to Barry Robson…

    Craig Moore
    Kevin Muscat
    Tony Cottee
    Stan Collymore
    Carlos Valderrama (just for the hair!!)
    Paul Ince
    Duncan Ferguson
    Claude Makelele
    Paolo Maldini
    Sol Campbell
    George Best

    I know by recruiting types like Beye, Faye, and Viduka we’ll take care of the present. But there is some great talent for the future in that list and we should atempt to recruit some of them in the next summer window…

  • scottish mag

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #24

    i liv in dundee

    nd this robson yeah he can hit long shots and sometimes pick a pass but he isnt quick enough for the epl, also when i ave saw him play he plays on the left side o mid nd we already ave duff and zog there

    i really dont think he could cut it at st james’ but you never know i’d prefer diego from bremen

  • fredio

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #25

    I am a dundee united season ticket holder and can assure you that barry robson is a quality player worth about £2 million at least, his best position is on the right. Not the fastest but skill makes up for it

  • Richard

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Couple of points:

    1 – Robson plays for Dundee United not Dundee
    2 – He was never at Celtic, it was Rangers

    I hope Keegan does well for you boys at Sunderland.

  • Colin

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Robson is a class act. Currently he’s on fire and one of the best midfielders in Scotland. Best in the middle of the park, he can also play on the left wing. Good crosser of the ball and can pick out a pass. Dead ball and free kick specialist. You’d be getting a total bargain for £1m.

  • Leo*

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #28

    diego from bremen would be awesome. this robson guy looks a ugly bugger dont he

  • Lawman

    Jan 20, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #29

    We didn’t exactly buy P.Albert and Beardsley for their looks did we????

    I’m from Scotland and although not an avid follower of the SPL, I have noticed this Robson guy is pretty good. Definitely worth a punt for approx £1m-£1.5m.

    Still think we should go for Deco and Nakamura. Nakamura is imo, currently one of the best deadball specialist in the world. Recall his two C.League goals against ManUre. He does it week in week out for Celtic. Much better at dead balls than any of current crop of players at NUFC.

    Or how about Riquelme? Back to Boca Jnrs now. Maybe we can tempt him back to European football. Another one is Adriano – now also back in his native Brazil.

  • mark

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Cant believe Ameobi was in the starting line up, I was chuffed thinking he was on his way. f**ks sake.

  • al

    Jan 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    i like the comment about a smack head chewing a lemon, he’s certainly a weird looking bloke,we’ve had a few of them at the toon, he might fit in perfectly.Its a bit of a come down after finishing second on the x factor. i hear he holds good toon.

  • fredio

    Jan 20, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #32

    should fit in well at newcastle home of the worlds ugliest people especially the women

  • John H

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #33

    fredio- go and toss yourself off a bridge


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