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Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady, left, and Robbie Keane make their way out onto the pitch ahead of the warm up. Keane doesn't start

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady, left, and Robbie Keane make their way out onto the pitch ahead of the warm up. Keane doesn't start

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Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady, left, and Robbie Keane make their way out onto the pitch ahead of the warm up. Keane doesn't start

Martin O'Neill has gone with an attacking line-up for tonight's crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland at Celtic Park.

Ireland will be captained by John O'Shea with Robbie Keane dropped for a competitive game, he was available for, for the first time since Estonia in 2001.

Coleman returns at right-back, Richard Keogh replaces the injured Marc Wilson, Darron Gibson and Jeff Hendrick anchor the midfield in place of Glenn Whelan and Stephen Quinn while Southampton striker Shane Long begins up front instead of Keane.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan added Andrew Robertson and the fit-again Grant Hanley and Charlie Mulgrew to the side which drew 2-2 in Poland with the injured Alan Hutton, as well as Gordon Greer and James Morrison, making way.

Ireland team: Forde; Coleman, O’Shea (c), Keogh, Ward; McGeady, Hendrick, Gibson, McClean; Walters, Long.

Subs: Christie, Randolph, Given, Clark, Pearce, Meyler, Pilkington, Brady, Quinn, Keane, McGoldrick, Murphy

Scotland team: Marshall, Whittaker, R.Martin, Hanley, Robertson, Maloney, Mulgrew, Brown (c), S.Fletcher, Naismith, Anya.

Subs: Subs: Gordon (GK), C.Martin, Dorrans, Bannan, Greer, D.Fletcher, Burke, Gilks (GK), Russell, May

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