Stephen Kenny is expecting a great game and a fantastic occasion as Ireland take on Scotland at the historic Hampden Park.

The Republic of Ireland travel to Glasgow for Saturday's showdown with the Scots as this year’s UEFA Nations League draws to a close over the next seven days.

Ireland finish their campaign at home to Armenia on Tuesday, but first face Steve Clarke’s side, who will still be hurting from the 3-0 hammering that they were subjected to in Dublin during the summer.

On that occasion, Michael Obafemi lit up the stage with a world class strike to secure the win for Ireland, and the manager is expecting something similar in the rematch between the two Celtic nations.

Despite the result, Kenny believes that the Scots are still an exciting prospect, most notably at home; a side that boasts many Premier League players in their squad for Saturday.

"We want to finish [the campaign] strong," said Kenny, speaking at Tuesday’s press conference.

"It is a big game. A great game. Ireland against Scotland in the Nations League, in Hampden Park, a famous venue, we’re delighted to be going there.

"Scotland qualified for the European championships previously, a lot of their players are playing in the high end of the Premier League."

Michael Obafemi's unstoppable effort at Lansdowne Road in June

While Kenny was full of admiration for the Scottish squad, he was quick to remind that his own team are starting to show their potential, having competed well with big-name teams over the past 12 months, including Portugal, Belgium, Serbia and Ukraine, before it all came together for the win over Scotland.

"They are a very strong team and we are looking forward to playing against them," said Kenny.

"And we are getting better all the time, we definitely feel that. Against some of the top teams, we’ve played very well, against Portugal twice, Belgium and teams of that ilk so we are looking forward to the games on Saturday.

"We finished [the last window in June] strongly, and did brilliantly against Scotland and the performance in [Poland against] Ukraine. Both games against Ukraine were very evenly contested."

Looking ahead to the game, the manager is happy to have a fully fit squad travelling, with Andrew Omobamidele the only player to withdraw from the original squad through injury, with Aberdeen's Liam Scales coming in on Monday.

And while Kenny is clearly a fan of the young Norwich defender, who made an immediate impact on the international scene, when thrown in at the deep end away in Portugal last year, he is happy to have options to cover every position.

"Andrew has done terrific at the start of the season, I think he has played very well for Norwich," said Kenny.

"One of the advantages of the influx of new players over the last 18 months has been increased the level of competition in the team and there is a lot of competition and [the centre of defence is] an area that we are strong in.

"We have good options and it is something that we have to get on with."

As for Saturday’s hosts, the manager is expecting a reaction from the home side, who will be looking to maintain their strong form at Hampden Park and will, no doubt, be anxious to make amends for the 3-0 defeat.

"We've got to go to Hampden very determined because Scotland's home record is excellent and we're going to have to put in a really brilliant performance to get a result there, and that's what we're trying to do," said Kenny.

"Anything we get we are going to have to earn, we have to work extremely hard for each other, show the level of confidence that we showed in the last few games, that we have showed over a period of time, apart from the Armenia game, obviously.

"All the other games we have shown a lot of confidence and quality over the last good few months, the players are getting more confident, have a clear idea of what we want, a very exciting style of play as well.

"The players are competent in all areas of the park and we want to continue that and take that into the game on Saturday."

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