Kevin Kilbane blasts Roy Keane criticism of Aiden McGeady

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane before the game

The Everton winger recently came in for stern criticism from the Republic of Ireland assistant.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane before the matchRepublic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane before the match

Former Everton and Sunderland midfielder Kevin Kilbane has hit back at Roy Keane over his criticism of Aiden McGeady, via BBC Radio 5 Live.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager was scathing in his criticism of the Ireland squad this week after they were beaten by Belarus in a friendly.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'NeillRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Everton winger McGeady, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, bore the brunt of his disapproval as Keane called upon him to perform better or risk wasting his career.

The comments were somewhat shocking from the former Manchester United captain, with fears that it could alienate the players ahead of Euro 2016 this summer. And Kilbane was not impressed, saying that Keane was bang out of order for his comments.

Aiden McGeady celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sheffield WednesdayAiden McGeady celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sheffield Wednesday

"I think Roy was bang out of order with what he said, particularly about Aiden,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He has a vital role to play as a buffer to the manager and the players, but he has just got to curb it sometimes. He can’t come out and say what he said about Aiden."

It will certainly be interesting to see what effect that Keane’s comments have on the Republic of Ireland squad.

He will clearly be hoping it acts as inspiration to them ahead of Euro 2016, but it could easily go the other way and hinder their performances.

Should that be something that happens then there is no doubt that Keane will come in for stern criticism in future.

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane before the gameRepublic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane before the game

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