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Stephen Kenny Has Named His Ireland Team To Take On Scotland

Stephen Kenny Has Named His Ireland Team To Take On Scotland
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Stephen Kenny has named his Republic of Ireland team to take on Scotland at the Aviva Stadium this evening, making five changes to the team that lost to Ukraine in midweek.

Caoimhín Kelleher retains his place in goal with Gavin Bazunu unavailable due to injury. The back three remains unchanged, with Nathan Collins, Shane Duffy, and John Egan starting. John Egan had been ruled out by Kenny earlier in the week but has seemingly been passed fit.

Alan Browne starts at right wingback, while James McClean comes into the side in the place of Enda Stevens on the other flank.

Josh Cullen will be partnered by Jayson Molumby in midfield, with Jeff Hendrick on the bench.

It is all change up front, with Troy Parrott and Michael Obafemi coming into the team to play alongside Jason Knight. Chiedozie Ogbene misses out after picking up a knock.

Here is the team in full.

Caoimhín Kelleher, Nathan Collins, Shane Duffy, John Egan, Alan Browne, James McClean, Josh Cullen, Jayson Molumby, Jason Knight, Troy Parrott, Michael Obafemi.

Ireland will be hoping to earn a first ever UEFA Nations League victory in this fixture, easing the pressure on Stephen Kenny as a result. While the signing of his new contract earlier this year suggested doubts over his future with the team had dissipated, the performances so far in this window have resulted in a number of questions being raised again.

They will face a Scotland side who have won their game in this campaign so far, defeating Armenia 2-0 at home earlier in the week. However, they did lose to Ukraine in a World Cup play-off last week.

This will be the first meeting between the sides since 2015, when they drew 1-1 in Dublin in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The Scots won the game in Glasgow a few months previous to that, although Ireland would finish ahead of them in the group and eventually qualify for the tournament via a play-off.

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