Giggs taunts Ireland live on TV - and Roy Keane gives him a slap!

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Giggs in feisty mood on ITV panel
Giggs in feisty mood on ITV panel

Ryan Giggs was feeling brave he taunted his former team-mate Roy Keane and the Republic of Ireland national team live on TV on Wednesday night - but he came through his daring stunt with just a manly slap from his former team-mate.

Keane and Giggs were in tandem for the first time as ITV pundits for the Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal, with the Old Trafford legends sparking plenty of debate on Twitter with their on screen comments.

While it was ultimately a disappointing night for Welshman Giggs as his nation’s run at Euro 2016 came to an end following a 2-0 defeat, he was quick to turn his attentions to the World Cup qualifiers coming up in the autumn.

Wales find themselves in a Russia 2018 qualifying group featuring a Republic of Ireland side that look set to still have the influence of Keane on the coaching staff, with Giggs offering up this quip to snipe at his old pal.

“It’s a nice easy group,” says Giggs, with a mischievous smile on his face, with his comment inspiring Keane to offer up a manly slap on the leg of the United legend, with smiles all round in a studio panel that was completed by Lee Dixon and Craig Bellamy.

Meanwhile, Keane offered up a pretty damning verdict on the Welsh effort in their loss to Portugal, as he pulled few punches with this typically feisty assessment.

“Wales can have no complaints,” stated Keane after their Euro 2016 exit.

“They have been fantastic and surprised everyone by getting to the semi-final, but they lacked real quality (against Portugal).

“Their manager said before the game to have no regrets, but I think they will. They were never on the front foot and started playing when they were 2-0 down. It was a but of a cop-out, but start of the tournament, they would have taken semi-final obviously.”

The starting gun has been fired by Keane ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next March.