Liverpool goalkeeper Caomhin Kelleher added to Ireland squad for Bulgaria and Finland Nations League tests

Tue, Sep 01 2020

Kelleher warms up ahead of the 2018 friendly fixture with Northern Ireland Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher has become the latest addition to Stephen Kenny’s first international squad as he replaces the injured Kieran O’Hara.

Kelleher had been due to link with Jim Crawford’s under-21s for a training camp this week but will instead join the senior set-up ahead of the games with Bulgaria away and Finland at home.

An injury to the O’Hara, unattached since his release by Manchester United in June, ruled him out of the squad after they met up in Malahide on Monday.

21-year-old Kellher was previously named in Martin ONeill’s  squad for the 2018 friendly against Northern Ireland but didn't feature in the game.

He has featured for Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and was on the bench for the Reds in the 2018/19 Champions League final, a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, but has yet to play a league game.

O’Hara was released by Manchester United following a year on loan with League One Burton Albion and has yet to confirm a new club for the coming season.

Ireland depart for Sofia on Tuesday ahead of the opening UEFA Nations League game against Bulgaria on Thursday before returning to face Finland on Sunday.