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Saturday 10 December 2016

'Daryl Murphy will deliver the goods for Republic of Ireland'

Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy in action during squad training
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy in action during squad training

ROY Keane believes that Daryl Murphy will not let Ireland down if he is called upon to start against Scotland or make an impact as a substitute.

The Corkman worked with Murphy (pictured right) at Sunderland and has always had time for him, but did he ever foresee a 27-goal season?

"I've always liked Murph. Did I ever think he'd get 27 goals in a season? I always thought he had the potential but potential is one thing," said Keane.

"But I'm not surprised the way Murph's progressed his career. He has always been a good player, a good lad and very rarely injured.

"His training this week has been very, very good. Even against England, he created one or two chances. Again, if Murph starts, he won't let anyone down."

Despite Martin O'Neill's focus on a lack of goals as the single biggest concern ahead of the game, Keane believes that his boss has plenty of options.

"I don't think we'll be starting with six strikers, you know, but we've got to get players on the pitch who know how to put the ball in the back of the net. And we've got good competition here.

"Whoever starts the game wont let us down. Murph is doing well, McGoldrick, Long - there are options up front."

"McGoldrick is a good player, though I know David's lacked match-sharpness. Daryl Murphy's had the season of his life. Robbie, there's no doubting Robbie's quality," he added.

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