Martin O'Neill salutes record of predecessor Giovanni Trapattoni

New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill pays a warm tribute to his predecessor Giovanni Trapattoni as he prepares for his first match in charge against Latvia.

"Trapattoni did brilliantly. He's been a great manager all his life. Slightly better than Di Canio," said O'Neill, having a jibe at his successor at Sunderland.

Before Friday's Dublin friendly against Latvia, O'Neill also had praise for veteran striker Robbie Keane who is determined to add to his 130 caps and 61 international goals.