Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny remains hopeful that supporters will be able to play a part in September's UEFA Nations League games.

Kenny gets his tenure as Ireland boss underway with Nations League games away to Bulgaria and then at home to Finland before a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier with Slovakia.

Bulgarian supporters will be allowed into the 3 September clash, albeit at a reduced capacity, and the FAI are hopeful that limited numbers of Irish supporters will be able to watch the game against Finland at the Aviva Stadium three days later.  

Depending on how social distancing guidelines are applied, there could be up to 18,500 tickets available for the game and Kenny is hopeful that there will be a crowd for his first home match as Ireland boss.

"Our fans travel far and wide to see the national team and that’s difficult now with games behind-closed-doors," he told FAI TV.

"There has been speculation about supporters in September but we just don't know. Life has been tough for a lot of people and it's been a very tough period.

"If you have to play behind-closed-doors, sometimes in life you have to adapt and we realise that. But it’s great to have football back - it’s the lifeblood of sport in the country.

"With international football, people really look forward to the games and are excited by the players. But we can look forward to the games in September."

The Ireland manager is open to trying new things in those games, especially in midfield, and hinted that more creative players like Jayson Molumby, Harry Arter and James McCarthy will be taking centre stage.

"James McCarthy is an exceptional talent, the fact that he's played 22 games for Crystal Palace this year, we want to increase our options and if he can get a run of games without injury that would be great for him.

"Harry Arter hasn't featured in the (qualifying) campaign, apart from a few minutes away to Gibraltar, he played a few minutes. Harry has been in the system since U-16s with Ireland, he is having a good season with Fulham and we'll see how they go between now and the end of the season.

"Jayson Molumby captained the U-21s, he's trying to get Millwall promoted at the moment and it's good to increase our options and it's good to have a level of competition.

"Competition drives people to be even better and that's very important, to have that element of competition is exactly what we want."