Wednesday 7 December 2016

O'Neill prepared to take play-off gamble on out-of-favour McGeady

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

Martin O'Neill next task is a meeting with Chris Coleman to discuss a Bosnia side which the Welsh boss encountered twice en route to qualifying for France
Martin O'Neill next task is a meeting with Chris Coleman to discuss a Bosnia side which the Welsh boss encountered twice en route to qualifying for France

Martin O'Neill says that he would not be afraid to hand Aiden McGeady a role in the Euro 2016 play-off despite concerns over the winger's club situation.

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McGeady has not played for Everton since August and his plight worries O'Neill but he took heart from his contribution off the bench in Poland earlier this month when the trickster created a gilt-edged chance which was wasted by Richard Keogh.

"Fitness can be an issue," said O'Neill. "But I still think he is worth it for us in that he might just come on and do something or - even if he was to start a game - give a cameo role and that is why he's worth having around. He has terrific ability and is a threat to the opposition whoever you're playing."

After naming a 39-man provisional squad, O'Neill's next task is a meeting with Chris Coleman to discuss a Bosnia side which the Welsh boss encountered twice en route to qualifying for France.

Irish Independent

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