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Monday 21 April 2014

'If I could have one of the two back it would be Keano'

THE Paul McGrath fans continue to fight the case for their hero in the ongoing debate about the Irish Independent's Soccer Legends magazine.

Our poll of the top 50 Irish players of the last 50 years has caused a stir, and the fact that the popular McGrath finished third in the list behind Roy Keane and John Giles has prompted a response from his fan club. Nevertheless, there are still Keane followers out there backing their man.

The interactive magazine can still be accessed at

www.independent.ie/soccerlegends

and it includes archive footage of the players, some classic old photographs, and our panellists discussing the leading performers in more detail.

The online mag also provides the opportunity for readers to vote for their best Irish XI of 1962-2012.

And you can tweet our sportsdesk @IndoSport to extend the debate. Alternatively, we can be contacted via e-mail at sportmail@ independent.ie or via post at Soccer Legends, Irish Independent, 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1.

Here are a selection of your comments from yesterday...

Keane has to win it no doubt about it. I think Keane is responsible for bringing a little more professionalism into the game in Ireland at all levels

– Eoin

Kudos indeed to a player who treated the shirt with a level of contempt it defied belief. We were fortunate enough to have players like Dave Langan who gave everything for the cause, the Man Utd brigade really are in a different universe.

– Rodger

Liverpool fan here. I believe that Roy Keane was the most driven player to ever wear a green jersey. That said though, he showed the ultimate disrespect to his country. McGrath will always be number one, no matter what so-called experts say. – Muttonhead

Sligo Rovers and Liverpool fan here. I really don't see how you can question Roy's commitment over Paul's. Paul admits to playing drunk. I love Paul like all Ireland fans but if I could have one of the two back in the current squad it would have to be Keano. Best I've ever seen for Ireland.

– cmoore

The BIG question has to be why John O'Shea is on the list at all nevermind as high up as he is!

– James Broderick

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