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Ice-cool Jim Gavin will not be losing sleep about a February loss to Kerry

Jim Gavin won’t be put out by the way it ended in Tralee last Saturday night, will he?

Certainly, he didn’t seem at all perturbed by the shemozzle that he bypassed at the end of the match to make his way across the pitch to the dressing rooms.

As Irish Examiner columnist Mike Quirke put it on Twitter in a post which included video of Gavin strolling off without a care in the world, the Dublin supremo went around the dust-up like somebody “steering around a pothole in the road”.

Not one for getting easily frazzled is Jim. In fact, it would probably take something monumental to get him off the bridle.

And losing a league game in February to any county, even Kerry, would not be classed as being anywhere near the ‘monumental’ basket to Mr Horizonal himself.

Internally, Gavin might be less happy about ending up on the wrong end of a 1-18 to 2-14 scoreline in Austin Stack Park.

Yet, in public at least, the man is coolness personified.

Should he have reason to be even the slightest bit concerned as the Dubs embark on a journey with a destination marked ‘History’? After all, Dublin are a successful championship away from surely going down as the greatest Gaelic football team of all-time, no matter how many in Kerry baulk at the suggestion.

However, all that will matter to Keane and Gavin in a possible rematch will be getting over the line and into the next round or winning the final itself.

Neither man will be giving how people view the game a second thought.

All that will count is the final score. And rightly so.

For now, though, Gavin will still be smiling.