Scotland v Republic of Ireland - Match Preview.


Republic of Ireland will be looking to continue their good form in Euro 2016 qualifying when they take on Scotland at a sell-out Celtic Park tomorrow.

Martin O’Neill’s side currently sit joint top with Poland of Group C on seven points with victories over Georgia and Gibraltar and a late John O’Shea equaliser securing a 1-1 draw with world champions and group favourites Germany.

However the focus will unfortunately off the pitch for Ireland after an incident involving assistant manager Roy Keane occurred last night, it is alleged that an argument between Keane and a fan in the reception Portmarnock hotel turned physical which led to the police being called.

O’Neill as well as the FIA (Football Association of Ireland) have given Keane their full backing.

The FAI said: “The manager, Martin O'Neill, and the FAI are fully aware of the circumstances surrounding this event, and the assistant manager has their full support."

Gordon Strachan’s side may only have four points so far in qualifying but have impressed with a narrow 2-1 defeat with Germany, a 2-2 draw with Poland and a narrow 1-0 victory over Georgia.

Ireland will be without midfielders James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan whose injuries will rule out, McCarthy will return to Everton for a treatment on his hamstring injury after a scan on Wednesday with Whelan still recovering from a fractured leg which he suffered against Germany.

Marc Wilson was also ruled out with Derby’s Richard Keogh among the candidates to be brought in the Irish defence.

Written by @Danialkennedy95


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