Republic of Ireland make four changes to line-up

Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt was on the bench against Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has made four changes to his starting line-up for Sunday's Nations Cup game against Scotland in Dublin.

The Republic boss has indicated he may review his starting side before kick-off at the Aviva Stadium.

Darren O'Dea, Keith Fahey, Stephen Hunt and Liam Lawrence come into the team.

Damien Delaney, Kevin Foley, Seamus Coleman and Keith Treacy drop out of the starting line-up from the 5-0 thrashing of Northern Ireland.

Scotland and the Republic are battling it out to win the inaugural Nations Cup, with both sides having won their opening two matches.

DefenderO'Dea has won his battle for fitness after an ankle injury while Birmingham's Fahey, who joined up with the squad after the Northern Ireland game, slots into midfield.

Wolves winger Hunt comes off the bench to play on the left while Portsmouth's Lawrence replaces Coleman on the right.

Record goalscorer Robbie Keane, who took his international tally to 48 with a double strike four days ago, again captains the side and will partner Simon Cox.

West Brom striker Cox and Wolves utility man Stephen Ward, who will play at left-back, are rewarded for their goalscoring debuts against Northern Ireland with second caps.

Trapattoni's priority is next week's Euro 2012 qualifier in Macedonia but he hopes to finish the competition well in front of a home crowd likely to be around 25,000.

"Obviously we will play for a good result but we do have one or two injured players," said Trapattoni.

"I am confident about our performance and the result.

"It is a game like a derby - many of the Scotland players, like ours, play in the Championship or the Premier League.

"I hope and I think it can be a beautiful game."

Provisional Republic of Ireland team: Given, McShane, O'Dea, Kelly, Ward, Lawrence, Andrews, Fahey, Hunt, Keane, Cox.