Martin O'Neill ponders options for first game in charge of Republic of Ireland

Andy Reid: Will he get a chance to impress Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane?

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All eyes will be on the dugout as Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane begin their Republic of Ireland reign against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.

O'Neill was officially named Republic coach last weekend with Keane coming in as his assistant, and they have their first chance to look at options for next year's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Marians Pahars' side.

Midfielder Robbie Brady (hernia) and defender Ciaran Clark (foot) are not part of their first squad and they also have doubts over Anthony Pilkington, who suffered a dead leg in Norwich's Premier League win over West Ham.

O'Neill could take the chance to experiment in his first match in charge, although he also has a friendly with Poland next week to have a look at players who do not feature on Friday.

Among those looking to impress are uncapped Newcastle keeper Rob Elliott, Brighton full-back Stephen Ward and Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid, who was exiled by former manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Former Southampton winger Pahars has been in charge of Latvia since July and brings a squad to Dublin that is likely to be captained by Reading defender Kaspars Gorkss.

It will be the first meeting between the teams since 1995 with the Republic having won all four meetings between the countries, conceding just one goal.