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Stephen Kenny warns Scotland they are facing ‘a new Ireland with a new identity’



Republic of Ireland v Scotland – UEFA Nations League – Group 1 – Aviva Stadium

Stephen Kenny insists Hampden Park will see a Republic of Ireland side with “a new identity” against Scotland.

Steve Clarke’s side topped Nations League Group B1 with an impressive 3-0 win at home to Ukraine in midweek, but were badly beaten when they went down. down 3-0 in Dublin in June.

Scotland have nine points after four matches and, with two sets to play, they are two points clear of Ukraine and five ahead of the Irish, Armenia a point further down.

Republic of Ireland coach Stephen Kenny (right) watched his side beat Scotland 3-0 this summer (Niall Carson/PA)

Republic boss Kenny, speaking at Hampden Park where he revealed no injury concerns ahead of Saturday night’s clash, thinks his side are getting the traveling Irish fans excited – officially there will be 3,000 in green and white at the national stadium – and those back home.