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Shut your Trap, Roy Keane

HE'S HAD no problem disrupting Ireland's plans for major tournaments in the past. But this time around, Roy Keane's attitude won't be tolerated, after he was told to shut his trap by the current Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

Keane has an infamous habit of ruining Irish preparations for major football tournaments -- this is the 10th anniversary since his walkout on the Irish squad, just days before the 2002 World Cup.


Keane's latest belligerent outburst couldn't have been more badly timed, as Aiden McGeady was man of the match in Ireland's 1-0 win over Bosnia in Saturday's farewell before the Euros at the Aviva just days after the former Manchester United captain's unprovoked attack on the winger.

Andy Townsend, who played in two World Cups for the Republic of Ireland, joined in the attack on the Spartak Moscow winger, although Trapattoni has no idea who Townsend is.

The ITV pair's criticisms have fallen foul of Trapattoni who has told them that they don't know what they're talking about.

And Trap even exclaimed: "Andy who?"

"I know Roy Keane. I don't know this other person," he said.

"Maybe they don't follow Russian football or Aiden's evolution."

"I don't listen to ex-players. I think the manager is better in this situation.

"I don't need to answer to them."

McGeady himself has no love lost with Keane, since their time as teammates at Celtic.

"Roy Keane, he says enough," McGeady said.

"I played with him at Celtic and that was bad enough."

But McGeady had the last laugh after a positive performance in the heat of the Aviva on Saturday.

The second half belonged to the Spartak Moscow star who added some flair and much needed threat to what had been a toothless Ireland attack.


He was a constant threat down the wing and provided the assist for West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long's winning goal and the cross for Jonathan Walter's header which crashed off the crossbar.

Despite being on the pitch for just the second half, he was given the man of the match award.

His contribution also put to bed any doubts over his place in the Trap's starting XI.