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joys in green Robbie Keane tips Liverpool's Caoimhín Kelleher to become Ireland's No. 1 keeper

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Robbie Keane thinks Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will succeed Darren Randolph

Robbie Keane thinks Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will succeed Darren Randolph

Robbie Keane thinks Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will succeed Darren Randolph


Former Liverpool striker Robbie Keane is predicting Reds goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher to succeed Darren Randolph as the Ireland’s No 1 stopper.

The Cork native, who turned 22 last month, is in line to make his third successive appearance for the Reds in tomorrow’s Champions League game against Midtjylland.

With 33-year-old Randolph stuck on the bench at West Ham United this season, Ireland boss Stephen Kenny yesterday admitted the uncapped Kelleher could be pushing his regular custodian by the time their World Cup qualification campaign kicks off in March.

Ireland legend Keane, who played most of his 146 games with Shay Given behind him in goal, has been excited by what he’s witnessed of the rising star.

“I watched him last week against Ajax and his performance was incredible,” former Liverpool striker Keane told Bein Sport.

“He is certainly one we are talking about as Ireland’s future number one.

“He’s very technical, very good with his feet. He can pull off some saves.

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Former Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane has high hopes for Kelleher

Former Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane has high hopes for Kelleher

Former Ireland assistant coach Robbie Keane has high hopes for Kelleher

“Certainly, for Irish football, after losing Shay Given and with Darren Randolph coming towards the end of his career, to have this lad coming through is great.”

Former Ringmahon Rangers starlet Kelleher today spoke of his memorable week which has seen him keep clean sheets in the wins over Ajax and Wolves after he stepped in to replace injured Alisson Becker.

The Leesider’s only previous first-team experience came in the Carabao Cup.

“Yeah it’s been a decent week!” he said. “What can I say? Two debuts in one week, it’s been a bit of a mad one.

“I’ve just been trying to take my opportunities when I’ve had them. I’ve had two games and felt I did well in them. That’s all I can do.

“My phone was buzzing for about three days afterwards, just from friends, family, former coaches, everyone really,” he said.

“Alisson texted me as well just to say well done, and that he was proud of me. The messages were all nice and supportive, so it was good to get them.”

Ireland were grouped with European champions Portugal, along with Serbia, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in Monday evening’s World Cup draw.

Only the team topping the pool by the end of the campaign next November is assured of a place at the showpiece being held in Qatar during November and December of 2022. A runners-up finish would result in a play-off series, including a semi-final and final for a place at the finals.

The fixture list will be revealed by FIFA later today.

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