Friday 28 October 2016


Published 12/06/2015 | 02:30

Compiled by Daniel McDonnell

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Stephen Quinn paid attention to Martin O'Neill when he said that he didn't want club issues hanging over his squad heading into Saturday.

The midfielder is out of contract at Hull after their relegation to the Championship and, while a new deal has been offered, he is yet to accept amid rumoured top-flight interest.

"Obviously it would be great if I was back in the Premier League next season," said Quinn. "Everyone's preference is to play there and I have shown I can cut it at that level.

"I just told my agent to deal with things, and speak to me next week as I don't want anything throwing me off this game. It's a couple-of-years' deal Hull have offered, I can't say much more".



Ireland started their Euro 2016 campaign with a late win in Tbilisi that was the beginning of the end of Temuri Ketsbaia.

The hope was that it would represent points gained over their rivals at the end of the group, a belief that was drained when Poland hammered the Georgians in the same venue to confirm Ketsbaia's exit.

Another former international, Kakhaber Tskhadadze, was installed and Martin O'Neill needs the new man to grow into the job after kicking things off with a 2-0 loss at home to the Germans in March.

A 2-1 home loss to Ukraine on Tuesday will not breed expectation that Georgia are capable of frustrating the Poles in Warsaw tomorrow. What Ireland really want is Scotland to slip-up on their trip to the former Russian state in September.

Scots Phrase of the Day

"Heid doon arse up"

- In the last instalment of this dubious series, which can be blamed on the BBC's illuminating explanation of Scottish lingo for an American audience, we revert to another posterior-themed observation. If a member of the Tartan Army says this, they are encouraging you to hurry up.

Quote of the day

"We'll have that conversation on Saturday night as you'll be looking for us, won't you?"

Roy Keane didn't take too kindly to being asked what the consequences would be if things go badly against the Scots.

Number of the day

30The number of international goals registered by Scotland's record-scorers Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish who share the honour. It's an impressive tally, but again emphasises why Robbie Keane's current haul of 65 is truly remarkable.

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