Euro 2016 qualifier: Ireland v Scotland preview


Saturday’s game between Scotland and Ireland is an important tie for both sides in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

A win for Scotland would see Martin O’Neill’s Irish side drifting away from third spot in the table, and Scotland keeping pace with Poland and Germany at the table.

An Irish win will see them leapfrog Scotland and also keep pace with the Poles and Germans.

Aiden McGeady and Robbie Keane are doubts for the clash in Dublin, although O’Neill will be hoping he can still call on their services at some point during the match.

If the duo are missing for Ireland then Scotland would be favourites to pick up all three points.

Shaun Maloney ‘s goal in the clash between the two sides in November gave Strachan’s side a major boost over the Irish, with O’Neill’s side desperate to secure the win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.

Scotland ‘s warm up game against Qatar was far from the test that they needed for this game as the Scottish FA cashed in with the friendly organised by Qatar Airways. While the Irish had a more than appropriate test as they played host to the English – in what turned out to be a bore fest.

The Irish have failed to win the last of their three Group D matches, with Scotland yet to pick up a win away from home.

Possible Scotland line-up:

Gordon; Hutton, Martin, Greer, Forsyth; Mulgrew, Brown, Anya, Naismith, Maloney; Fletcher.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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