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Party over as Rovers eye Europe

SHAMROCK Rovers have called a halt to their partying and turned all their attention on ending their losing streak in the Europa League against PAOK.

The Rovers squad enjoyed two major blow-outs last week after securing their second successive league title on Tuesday and then the trophy presentation on Friday, but Hoops midfielder Stephen Rice insists that the players are no longer in party mode.

"We have put the celebrations aside for a while now. It's great for the fans, winning the league is one big celebration but as players we have to park that and concentrate on the European games," says Rice.

"We have a big European night here in Tallaght tonight so we have to forget about celebrations and parties and get on with our jobs.

"It's great for the fans, they can enjoy the two home games against PAOK and Spurs, and the fans who travel to Russia for the Kazan game will enjoy that too.

"It's been a fantastic year for the club and hopefully we can get some points in the last three matches."

Rovers are one of just four clubs who have no points after the first three games in the Europa League group stage and Rice says that Michael O'Neill's side are desperate to end that losing run.