Record Irish goalscorer Robbie Keane has given Aaron Connolly his seal of approval.

Keane was at the Amex on Saturday to see Connolly score twice for Albion against Tottenham.

Th ex-Spurs striker, who scored 68 international goals and is now assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland, passed on a glowing reference to boss Mick McCarthy.

Connolly has not been ruled out of starting role in the Irish front three away to Georgia in Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.

His two-goal performance against Spurs on his first Prem start impressed both McCarthy and Keane.

McCarthy said today: “I didn’t see it at the time but I’ve seen it since. Robbie was watching it.

“It was excellent. His goals were both very good. People talk about his second one. I thought his first one was brilliant, because his movement was good.

“He got across the defender and then, having had it saved, he had the presence of mind, he didn’t just have a little dig at it and run off, he spun and put it in the net.

“I saw him against Armenia (under-21s) and I was really impressed. He really has some personality on the pitch, he plays with real personality.”