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'Rotation is part of life at Hoops'

IRELAND U21 star Aaron Greene says that Shamrock Rovers' players will just have to deal with the fact that they're not guaranteed first team football this season, as the Hoops chase a third successive league title.

The first five games of the campaign have seen Rovers top the table ahead of Sligo Rovers on goal difference.

Hoops boss Stephen Kenny has kept things tight so far. Rovers have used fewer players (17) in their five league games so far and eight players have started every game.

That means players like U21 cap Greene, league winner Gary McCabe and experienced defender Graham Gartland have not played as much football as they'd like, but the former, a close-season signing from Sligo Rovers, admits that it's par for the course.

"You can see in training every day just how much quality we have in the squad. I started the game against Bohs last week but I know I might not be in the team against Pats tonight," said the former Bohemians man.


"We have a big squad here, as Rovers did last season. I noticed that last season when I was at Sligo, when we played against Rovers they were able to change things around all the time, and this is how it's going to be for players.

"As a player you want to play all the time but you have to take the good with the bad.

"Daryl Kavanagh came on against Bohs last week and did really well so he could come in from the start for tonight's game.

"A few weeks ago I came on against Monaghan, did well and scored, but I still didn't start in the next game, and when you're at a club like Rovers you have to accept that you won't play every week," added Greene.

The Dubliner picked up medals in the Setanta Cup (Bohs) and FAI Cup (Sligo) at his previous clubs, but Tallaght lad Greene is already aware of the added pressure that comes with playing for the champions.

"There is massive pressure at this club. You really need to win every game you play when you're at Shamrock Rovers, it's what's expected of you," he says. "This is the most expectation I have had as a player. You have 5,000 people at your home games and they demand that you win every game. It's not just about winning for us, though, the manager wants us to play good football as well. He emphasises that all the time. I noticed that when I played against Derry when Stephen was manager, they played great football.

"We have great passing players in midfield, lads like Chris Turner and Ronan Finn are really talented. The manager has different ways of playing but the belief is still the same, to keep passing the ball. We went 4-3-3 last week against Bohs and then changed to 4-4-2 but we played ball all the time."

That passing style will be tested tonight, when St Pats welcome Rovers to Richmond Park, the Saints well aware that a win would take them within a point of Rovers.

"I think it should be a great game against Pats as Liam Buckley and Trevor Croly have a real belief about the way to play football too," added Greene. "But I think we have the players to go to Richmond Park and come away with the points."