Martin O'Neill: Robbie Keane 'quite down' after tragic death of two cousins

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Martin O'Neill at Ireland training this morning
Martin O'Neill at Ireland training this morning

Martin O'Neill will let Robbie Keane decide if he is ready to play in Ireland's game against Scotland following a double tragedy in his family.

The death on Wednesday of Alan Harris in a sewer in Portmarnock, followed by the death of his brother Stephen this morning from the same incident has touched the Irish squad deeply as the two men are cousins of record goalscorer Keane.

The Dubliner posted a tribute to the two men last night on Facebook and he was excused from facing the press this afternoon following the passing of Stephen this morning.

Martin O'Neill did meet the media and when the topic of how Keane was coping with the tragedy was raised, the Ireland boss said that the striker was 'quite down' and 'not great'.

O'Neill wouldn't be drawn on the striker's participation in the game tomorrow evening, saying that he would see how Keane felt in the morning and let the player decide but the lack of match fitness plus the family tragedy has to mean Ireland's most prolific marksman is unlikely to take part, at least from the start of the game.

Aiden McGeady also emerged as a doubt, with O'Neill saying the winger was 'a bit sore' so he sat out training.