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Thursday 8 December 2016

Roy Keane: Let's make sure the Scots leave Dublin in bad spirits

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a pitchside update. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a pitchside update. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin

ROY Keane wants Ireland to burst Scotland’s bubble at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow and leave Gordon Strachan wishing he had never come to Dublin.

“Obviously Scotland are coming here, no doubt, in good spirits. But we need to make sure they’re leaving Dublin in bad spirits,” said Ireland’s No 2.

Keane accepts that Scotland’s current reputation is as a consequence of good results but he doesn’t believe there is much between the two sides, if anything.

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“At the moment, the feelgood factor seems to be with them. They’ve got a lot of momentum and they’re getting a lot of plaudits. But when you look at the game (in Parkhead), there wasn’t much between us.”

The Corkman believes that Martin O’Neill has enough experience to cope with a huge fixture like this.

“Going into this it’s probably the biggest game we’ve had but I think the atmosphere will take care of itself,” he said.

“The players are well aware. They’re playing week-in, week-out in the Premier League and there’s players who’ve played over a hundred times for Ireland – I think they understand all that.”

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