Barry Robson Could Be Keegan’s First Signing


Of all the players we have been linked with since Kevin Keegan arrived back at the club the most surprising is Barry Robson, the captain of Dundee United.

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Barry Robson – Keegan’s first signing of new regime?

With Keegan being in Glasgow with his Soccer Circus, he has been able to see a lot of Scottish football and is a big fan of the midfielder.

A source close to the player told the Daily Record today:

“Barry believes he can play at the highest level and there is a lot of interest in him.” “There is no definite contact but his ambition is to prove himself among the best.”

“He’ll have to weigh up his options over the next couple of days but he has never hidden his intention of being able to cut it at the highest level.”

Apparently Celtic have offered £750K for the player but reports suggest that Newcastle could come in with a £1.5M offer.

While it could be a surprising move for the Tyneside club, there’s not too much to lose. The fee is low so if Barry is good he’ll be an absolute bargain and if not his value will probably rise by the very fact he’s been at Newcastle United.

The Aberdeen-born Robson has played 143 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.

Barry scored two goals in Dundee’s 3-1 win over Aberdeen on Saturday in the Scottish Premier league, and scored the only goal in last Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Clyde, a 30 yard bullet, in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup.

Comments very welcome.


33 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Alex Mathie anybody???

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Never herd of him, but KK must have watched him so there must be something he could offer the toon.

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  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Barry seems to be a top player in the Scottish League, in great form this season and scored 11 goals already I think. He could turn to be a great bargain!

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  • Hammy

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s 29 and scored 6 goals in 4 games, not bad for a midfielder but it is the Scottish league…..

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    NAAAAAAAAA, Van Der Vaart, please!

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  • Bigted28

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    A squad player at best, we need more substantial signings than this. We have the basis of a squad already, I would only sign 1st team starters from now on…..

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t see why we’d sign this fella.
    He’s 29 and a certainly no better than Duff or Zoggy – so why sign him?

    Paper twoddle if you ask me.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    All the hype of KK coming back as started to subside a bit now, the hard work starts here. We NEED quality in midfield. Van Der Vaart, Deco etc, not squad players, some QUALITY please Kev, break the bank to get it!!!

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  • ELFER

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Think too he’s too old, and if this is our midfield improver I’d be disappointed…

    But isn’t this again a paper rumour, just becouse KK was in scotland with his soccer circus?? I would guess. Nope, I think his real targets should be:

    CARRICK
    SWP or BENTLEY
    BRIDGE

    Fantasy bid for RICHARDS would be cool, but more likely we fail…I hope KK has a masterplan and gets what he wants in january!

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  • tdt

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    aye barry robsons good in the spl, but so was boumsong, not to say u dont get good players from the spl, craig gordons 1 of the best keepers in britain, just a shame e plays 4 2 of the crappest teams! dont think robsons the calabre of midfielder we need, deco would be perfect or someone of that pedigree please!

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope this is paper twaddle EDD CASE theres not many quality players in SPL that can make the cut in the premier league

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Craig Gordon’s shit TDT, Hahahaha! nine million for that!!! only the mackems would pay nine million for that donkey!!

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  • tdt

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    e’s alot better than any english keeper that plays the now, like i said its a shame e’s with the mackems. they wud have no points this season if gordon wasnt there. we shud sign im to replace shay wen e finishes, wenever that is

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  • JamJamJam

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    At least this is a realistic target … half of the players we’re being linked with probably wouldn’t come … I can’t imagine us getting the likes of Richards or Bentley to be honest. If this guy’s a solid and consistent central midfielder who can score goals then that to me sounds like something we’ve been missing … never mind these flair players, lets get some consistency first and then build on it from there

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  • Kash2

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    What i’ve read about his is that his distribution is supposed to be excellent. However it reminds me of the Alan Thompson situation where he had a class left foot but wasn’t really able to step up a level. Squad player he would be, not sure of first team regular, but it depends on how KK plays him I guess!

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  • Kash2

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    RVDV WON@T sign for us, he’s going to Juve!

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  • Rich

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Hes not a bad player, im from Scotland and see a few games, not goon enough for us though in my opinion. Scott Brown we have also been linked with an 8 million bid for, hes a top player and only 22 would improve our midfield greatly, we would steel need a playmaker though as Brown is more of a Barton type player – Box to Box

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    If we do sign him i hope he does step up a few levels and helps the lads get loads of much needed goals we all crave for. Still think we need more quality than him b4 the window shuts tho

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  • JamJamJam

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Brown and Hutton would be the ones to go for from the Scottish leagues in my opinion … but i reckon the likes of man yoo probably have first dibs

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  • thelongshanks

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    The january window is gonna be very difficult to get in top class players and if we get this guy in for cheap at least it is another option.Also,if keegan was in scotland im sure this lad caught his eye.remember cahill and shorey were unknown before the step up to the premiership.

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  • tdt

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #21

    celtic n rangers av the vast majority of the good players up here, they snap up all the talent from the other clubs. hutton RB (carr out), bridge LB (2 good LB’s then), SWP RM (also 2 good RM’s then) and then hopefully either (or both!) of carrick n deco…

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Where did you hear that from KASH2?

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  • geordie_jordan

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    squad player. but we are short of depth. sign the lad up.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    ronaldeano everyone knows VDV is signing for Juve or Valencia for about 18 mil, he wants to go to cl clubs that can challenge for the title.

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  • SteveM

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #25

    I think the asumption that we need to replace the majority of out current squad with new players is wrong. We have a lot of good players at the club who have been performing below par due to low confidence and lack of understanding what system to play together – so what we really need is a player who can provide the spark to get – own, duff, viduka, performing at their best and give confidence and on field discipline back to the younger players like enrique, zog , milner, martins and taylor. The defence is tricky for newcastle due to the press constantly trying to pick them apart at every oportunity – and now becasue keegans back they’ll intensify critism of the defence – so no young defenders who can be forced to loose confidence. Every defender in the PL inc at the top 4 make mistakes – the difference is – the team covers and the media make allowances for their mistakes – I saw arsenal play at st james this season and their defence was giving the ball away in dangerous positions time and time again – but they just carried on playing – when zog gave the ball away – the crowd and the team gave out a collective moan and switched off – and they scored – So my top priority would be an experienced top-class playmaker – a beardesley replacement – someone who can do fo us what zola did for chealsea, berkamp for arsenal – improve all the players around them.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #26

    TomToon, ive just been on another site and it recons Ranieri has ‘poured water’ on a move for VDV. VDV wants to move to a BIG club and we are fookin massive so why not NUFC? Very unlikely we’l get him as we are not in Europe, but money talks…..!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Not for VDV, he wants a big european club and doesnt much care for the money, hence why he went to Hamburg when he had offers from Barcelona, Manure, Arsenal. He wanted to develop at Hamburg.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Manure, hahahahah!!!!

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  • ChrisL

    Jan 21, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Wouldn’t he be Keegan’s 2nd signing Ed?

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  • Gooderz

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Our squad is small and does need a boost. Barry Robson would cover two positions and is also very experienced so could be a very useful squad player.

    He’s come to the fore over the last couple of years or so and performed consistently and chipped in with goals, which are either free kicks or spectacular.

    Basically, Robson would bolster our squad but we should go for someone of extreme class like Diego or Modric and pay that little bit extra before a huge club makes a move.

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  • Leo*

    Jan 21, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #31

    i just hope we sign someone new, im getting restless

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  • scott9

    Jan 21, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #32

    i agree ed nothing to loose we need a cm player one thing is that he will definatley be up for it going from dundee to newcastle he will give it his all unlike some over paid w**kers

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  • Scott The Arab

    Jan 21, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Dear Geordies

    I have seen three of your games this season; Robson is well better than Duff, N’Zogbia, Milner.

    He can cross the ball onto Viduka’s or Owen’s head, a wicked left foot like Duff once had, and he has scored 23 goals in 1.5 seasons in a VERY poor side – he takes free kicks from 30 yards.

    An absolute steal for £1.5m, youll LOVE him….

    Good luck to him and you…By the way its Dundee UNITED (there is a lower league team called Dundee, we are THe Arabs…)

    Arabest…

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