Wednesday 13 December 2017

McGeady tipped to break duck

ROBBIE KEANE has backed Aiden McGeady to end his 34-game, six-year-long goal drought with Ireland and hit the back of the net against Russia tonight.

Apart from the recent additions to the panel, McGeady -- along with Paul McShane and Darron Gibson -- is the only outfield player in the current Ireland squad who has yet to score, a run that dates back to his debut in 2004 under Brian Kerr.

McGeady has admitted his frustration at the lack of goals in the green shirt, but Ireland's record scorer Keane reckons that McGeady is due one.

"Aiden has the ability to score goals, because he can beat players for fun, he has pace. He's desperate to score a goal for Ireland and I'm certain he's hoping to do that tonight against a team like Russia, where he plays his football, but as long as he keeps providing for other people in the team, that's great for us," said Keane, who admits that the Spartak Moscow man has blossomed in recent months.

"You can see a maturity in Aiden, in the last year he has become an even better player.

"Over the years I always liked Aiden as a player, I have a lot of time for him as a lad as well, and in the last few games he has shown that maturity as a player who is getting better, and he's still young.

"He is doing really well with his new club (and) for Ireland he is setting a standard that he has to continue."

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