The Rams have made no secret of their desire to become a Premier League club, and they spent big in the summer in an effort to achieve their aim.
At the moment, Paul Clement’s side are lodged in the play-off spots, but Keogh is hoping that Derby can gate-crash the top-two before the season finishes.
“It's a tough league, but our aim is to go automatic promotion,” the centre-back said, when asked where Derby would finish this season. “Top two for us is definitely achievable, but we just want to finish in the top-six, or the top-two and try and get promoted.”
Derby actually made a slow start to the campaign, as they stumbled out of the blocks under Clement’s leadership.
However, they seem to have adapted to the former Real Madrid assistant’s methods now, and they are one of the form sides in the second tier.
Derby have progressively climbed up the Championship table, and they are unbeaten in their last eight matches.
This strong run of form has taken them up to fifth place in the current standings, and a win over Rotherham United at the weekend could take them into the automatic promotion spots.