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No conflict if I have to face Scots – Pearce


ALEX PEARCE says he will have no conflict of conscience if picked to play for Ireland against Scotland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The defender now has two senior Ireland caps on his CV but he also had a spell with the Scottish set-up, qualifying through the parentage rule.

Pearce played twice for their U21 side, against Norway and Northern Ireland in 2008, in the same side as current players like Charlie Mulgrew and Graham Dorrans, before making the decision three years ago to switch allegiance to Ireland, though the defender has pointed out that his first international involvement was with Ireland, in an U15 squad at the start of his career.

"Scotland isn't on my agenda now and I don't take much interest in that side of things," said Pearce.

"I know we are due to play them in the Euro qualifiers but playing against Scotland isn't a big deal or an issue for me."