He may be in mid-30s, but the Allenwood clubman gave a timely reminder of his enduring class with a virtuoso early season display against Wexford last weekend.
Doyle scored 0-7 (four from play) as the Lilywhites conceded an injury-time goal only to bounce back with an even later match-winning goal of their own.
That goal came from Morgan O'Flaherty, who is retained in his new half-forward role. But elsewhere McGeeney continues to tinker with his options ahead of Kildare's big league 'throw-in' against All-Ireland champions Donegal in Croke Park on February 2.
The five changes see Ollie Lyons return at corner-back in place of Eoin Doyle; Eoghan O'Flaherty recalled at wing-back for Peter Kelly; Pádraig O'Neill come in at midfield for Hugh Lynch; while Rob Kelly and Tomás O'Connor are named in the full-forward line at the expense of Johnny Doyle and Paddy Brophy.
The Kildare camp is reporting a few minor niggles, but nothing more serious, while Seánie Johnston may be fit for a place on the bench after the former Cavan star resumed training this week after a recent calf problem.
Meanwhile, opponents Offaly have named the starting 15 originally selected to face Westmeath last Sunday.
That means Matthew Mitchell and Anton O'Sullivan, who were omitted before throw-in but subsequently came off the bench during the first half, are now included from the start. The duo losing out are Paul McConway and Peter Cunningham.
KILDARE (SF v Offaly): S Connolly; O Lyons, M Foley, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M Conway, E O'Flaherty; G White, P O'Neill; B Flanagan, C McNally, M O'Flaherty; R Kelly, T O'Connor, D Flynn.
OFFALY (SF v Kildare): A Mulhall; B Darby, E Rigney, S Pender; D Hanlon, D Kelly, G Guilfoyle; A McNamee, R Dalton; R Brady, B Connor, E Carroll; M Mitchell, N McNamee, A Sullivan.
WEXFORD (SH v DIT): N Breen; A Kenny, T Waters, C Kenny; R Kehoe, A Shore, J Tonks; H Kehoe, E Doyle; PJ Nolan, S Murphy, G Moore; P Morris, M O'Regan, P Doran.
CORK (SH v UCC): A Nash; S O'Neill, S McDonnell, C Spillane; T Kenny, C Joyce, S White; D Kearney, P Cronin; B Corry, C McCarthy, S Moylan; P Horgan, M Cussen, P O'Sullivan.
WATERFORD (SF v Tipperary): S Enright; T Ó hUallacháin, S Prendergast, C Phelan; T Grey, S Briggs, R Cahill; T Prendergast, S Dempsey; C McGrath, P Whyte, M O'Gorman; J Wall, P Hurney, G Nugent.