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Maribor boss Ante Simundza insists all the pressure is on Celtic in their Champions League play-off clash at Parkhead tonight.

ASTON Villa manager Paul Lambert says he will not get involved in a potential tug-of-war between England and Ireland for Villa teenager Jack Grealish, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

The 18-year-old has made just one sub appearance for Villa this season but he is expected to start in tomorrow's Capital One Cup tie at home to Orient. His international future has been the subject of intense debate with fears that Grealish, who has been capped five times at U21 level by Ireland, could take up a long-standing offer from England to defect.

Martin O'Neill met Grealish and his father last week and the Ireland boss explained that he omitted Grealish from the senior squad for next month's games against Oman and Georgia to give the player time to make up his mind, though Grealish has been named in an Ireland U21 squad for their Euro qualifier away to Germany in two weeks' time.

NO PRESSURE

But Lambert us staying out of the controversy "Jack will do what's right. There's no pressure from me whatsoever," said the Villa boss.

Meanwhile, Burnley are likely to hand a debut to Stephen Ward and Steven Reid in tonight's League Cup tie at home to Sheffield Wednesday,

The Ireland pair, both summer signings for the Clarets, have yet to play for Sean Dyche's side. Ward was not signed in time for him to play in the Premier League season opener against Chelsea, though he was on the bench for Saturday's game against Swansea as an unused sub.

Reid, a free transfer from West Brom, was also on the bench for that game but could feature at Turf Moor in tonight's Cup game as boss Dyche freshens things up after successive league defeats.

"It's important that we use players," said the Burnley boss.


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