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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Roy Keane: Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady must play to be considered for Republic of Ireland

Aiden McGeady at squad training
Aiden McGeady at squad training

Roy Keane experienced the dark side of life while he waited for his cruciate ligament to heal back in in 1997 after a famous collision with Alf Inge Haaland.

He knows what Darron Gibson has been going through and believes that the player must take a grip of his own circumstances.

"His club position for any player for us, from our point of view, from a selfish point of view, you just want players playing regularly. Gibbo in the last two or three years just hasn't played enough.

"You've got to do something about it. Gibbo's got to do something. Get in that team, or go out on loan and get some game time," said Keane.

"I know he's injured at the minute but go out and start showing people what you're capable of because obviously I remember Gibbo when he was at United and they always said that he's got a chance.

"But we've seen before, talented players fall by the wayside and hopefully that won't be the case with Gibbo. He's at a good club.

"Whatever about off the field, listen, young players are going to make mistakes. I say young. What age is Gibbo now? 27? He's still quite young but he needs to play regularly. Whatever about off the field stuff

Would he have a word with Gibson if the opportunity arises?

"Yeah yeah of course, yeah, no problem."

Aiden McGeady doesn't have the off pitch problems that Gibson has been experiencing but he's another senior player who isn't playing enough.

"We've said it before, we always want our players to be playing regularly. But he's at a good club in Everton. They've obviously got a big squad, competition is good for players. Aiden's just got to knuckle down to try to get into Everton's first team which is never easy because they've got a lot of quality players.

"They've invested as well over the last couple of days but you'd have to ask Aiden about that. It's up to Aiden to play regular football because that's the problem for us.

"I've said it before - players turn up for international week when they're not playing week-in, week-out and it does catch up with you eventually."

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