O’Neill and Keane have a difficult decision to make

Cian Carroll

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Cian Carroll

Shane Long scored against Serbia last Wednesday, but he also missed two gilt edged chances
Ireland may have been beaten in Wednesday night’s friendly against Serbia but I saw enough positives in the performance to forget worrying about the result.

Ireland may have been beaten in Wednesday night’s friendly against Serbia but I saw enough positives in the performance to forget worrying about the result.

Yes we looked leggy in the second-half and eventually succumbed to concerted Serbian pressure but had Shane Long converted either of those two glorious chances whilst deadlocked at 1-1, I reckon we’d have eased to victory. Whilst Long is, in my view, an excellent player and a great outlet for the midfield, it’s hard to imagine Robbie Keane missing those chances had he been in the same position.

Is there a way to fit the two of them in up front? Do we have the requisite midfield options to accommodate a two-man strike force? It’s open to debate but personally, I’m not sure we do.

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have a difficult decision to make regarding the future of Ireland’s record goal scorer and I don’t envy them.