Flood on Keane radar as McInnes hails midfielder's impact

Flood on Keane radar as McInnes hails midfielder's impact
Willo Flood (left) in action against Celtic

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has hailed the impact of Willo Flood amid reports the midfielder is in line for a Republic of Ireland call-up.

The 28-year-old former Celtic midfielder, who joined from Dundee United last summer, is said to have impressed Martin O’Neill’s assistant, Roy Keane, ahead of the new management team’s debut against Serbia next month.

The former Irish Under-21 international has helped Aberdeen into the Scottish League Cup and William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-finals in the last two weeks, and won the central midfield battle along with Barry Robson during a 2-1 fifth-round win at Celtic Park.

McInnes said: “I’m always wary of club managers pushing their players too much for international honours and I don’t know the strength in depth of the Republic of Ireland.

“But if you’re asking me about the credentials of Willo Flood as a footballer, he has been such an important signing for me as a manager.

“He brings a consistency of performance, he brings an attitude to the team, he brings a personality to training every day, and he brings a real mentality to the whole club. Any manager is drawn to that type of player.

“He can play as well. He’s got good feet, he chips in with the odd goal. But he always brings a level of performance. When Willo Flood is on your team sheet, you know exactly what you’re going to get.

“If he’s part of a successful Aberdeen team, which we hope he will be, then him and a few others might just be able to get the opportunity to be in international managers’ thoughts.

“If they have been watching him of late, they will only be impressed.”

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