Robbie Keane: has welcomed the idea of Kevin Doyle joining him in the MLS if he joins Colorado Rapids. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

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Eden Hazard celebrates scoring Chelsea’s opener during their League Cup quarter-final win overDerby County ( Photograph: REUTERS/Darren Staples)

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Ciaran Clark challenges Irish team mate Shane Long during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park last night. Photograph:  Nick Potts/Pa

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Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having regularly bemoaned the lengthy periods of inactivity through his first few months in the job and itched to get going on the competitive front, (...)

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (left) and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during the Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Richard Keogh of the Republic of Ireland beats Steven Naismith of Scotland to the ball during the European qualifier at Celtic Park. Photograph: Getty.

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 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)

James McCarthy sits out training with team doctor Alan Byrne this morning. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness tomorrow when the Irish squad is due to train in Malahide for the last time before(...)