Thursday 29 September 2016

Robbie Brady 'ready' for Scotland after taking on Sterling, Townsend and Walcott

James Donoghue

Published 10/06/2015 | 15:26

Republic of Ireland Robbie Brady during a pitchside update. Republic of Ireland Pitchside Update, Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland Robbie Brady during a pitchside update. Republic of Ireland Pitchside Update, Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Robbie Brady is 'ready to go' for Ireland ahead of their must-win European championship qualifier against Scotland on Saturday.

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Brady was one of the shining lights in the goalless friendly against England but the Hull City man is fully focused on the task at hand.

“It’s a different game now, coming into this weekend I’m ready to go," he said.

Brady's performance against England, where he had to take on Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend and Theo Walcott, may have proven some people who have been critical of his positioning at left-back wrong and he admits to being more comfortable with “the defensive side of things”.

“I’m getting more familiar with the position every time I play," he said.

One of O'Neill's biggest decisions will come at left-back, where Hull winger Robbie Brady has been handed a crash course in defending in recent games.

Brady freely admits he is still a novice in the role, but O'Neill has been impressed with him.

He said: "He has played very well in the games. He introduced himself against the USA and has gone on since then.

"I've a lot of time for Stephen Ward as a player, as a person, really great, and competition for places is no bad thing.

"Robbie can play in a number of positions, which is great for us, and takes most things in his stride. He doesn't seem to get too perturbed by things. Stephen at this minute would be more of a left-back, but can get forward himself and is no mean footballer."

Brady has the added asset of being able to deliver a telling dead ball, and O'Neill hinted that might just help to get him the nod.

He said: "We had a couple of set pieces which went astray against Poland and we didn't pick up from them, but that (England game) was more the Robbie Brady we know, and we're pretty confident he can deliver in big games."

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