The Rams stand-in captain has been criticised a lot by some of his own fans but he made some emotional comments regarding his side's promotion race.
The Rams were last in the top flight in 2007-08, an infamous season as the club picked up just 11 points, and since then they have mounted several promotion charges, only to fall short each time.
Since his arrival from Coventry City in the summer of 2012, Keogh has helped the team reach the playoffs three times, as well as just missing out on a top-six finish on the final day in 2014-15.
The season prior, Derby got all the way to the playoff final, only to lose in heartbreaking circumstances to Queens Park Rangers at Wembley, but this season, hope of promotion remains with Frank Lampard's side doing well in the league.
However, the stand-in captain cannot be faulted for his passion and commitment to the cause as he told the Derby Telegraph just how determined he is to succeed.
"I think the face that I've been here for so long now, [promotion] would mean a lot to me," said the 32-year-old. "It is a bit of a crusade, I suppose. I've been at the top end of this league now for the last five or six years. I like to think I know what it takes to be fighting for it - not everyone can say that.
"It would mean a lot to me, I'm not going to lie. I know where this club should be, I know how big the club is and I stand by what I said when I signed - this club deserves to be in the Premier League and I won't stop giving everything I've got to try to make that happen."
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