Martin O'Neill's unruffled by Ireland contract situation but has slight goalkeeper concerns

Ireland manager chats to Off The Ball's Richie McCormack at Aviva Stadium

Martin O'Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Martin O'Neill says the Ireland goalkeeping situation is a slight concern given fitness worries over Stoke's Shay Given and the absence of Newcastle's Rob Elliott after a serious knee injury.

West Ham No 2 Darren Randolph is the likely No 1 for Ireland, having assumed the mantle at the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, but with three goalkeepers set to travel to France this summer, the other two spots are not clear cut due to fitness worries.

"It's a shame young Elliott, who was in the form of his life, had this chance and then [suffers] a severe injury here playing for us too which was really unfortunate. So he's out," said the former Celtic, Aston Villa and Leicester manager to Off The Ball's Richie McCormack at the launch of the 2016 Sports Direct.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools.

"Shay looked as though he was going to be given a chance again - was given his chance and then comes off. I think his knee's fine. That's at least pleasing in that sense, then has this groin problem and I'm not sure how long he's going to be out for but again ideally, it would be nice for him to have played a couple of games and to see where we are and that naturally is a concern."

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

On other injury and fitness worries surrounding Bournemouth's Harry Arter and Everton's Seamus Coleman, O'Neill said the next few weeks would be decisive in the Arter situation, adding that the midfielder has "something to offer" the team if available.

On Coleman, he is confident on the full-back's form and fitness heading into the tournament.

O'Neill also said he is not worried about the fact that he has yet to sign a new contract with the FAI.

The Ireland manager's current deal expires at the end of Euro 2016, but he says that neither he or FAI chief executive John Delaney are concerned.

O'Neill appears likely to remain on for the next World Cup qualifying campaign, even though he has been linked to the Nottingham Forest manager's job in recent weeks.

"This is not like club level. I see the players for a certain amount of days during the course of the year, same as myself and Roy [Keane]. I don't think at international level that the players will be overly concerned either. We're fine, we're really fine. I'm sure everything will resolve itself - not a problem," he said.