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Opposing fans expecting special atmosphere at Celtic Park

Scotland fan Phil McFadden, right, and Phelim Warren
Scotland fan Phil McFadden, right, and Phelim Warren
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Jimmy Rush, Jonathan Dunne, Jerry Rush, Martin O'Leary, Derek O'Leary and Derek Elwood, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Jimmy Rush, Jonathan Dunne, Jerry Rush, Martin O'Leary, Derek O'Leary and Derek Elwood, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Martin, left, and Derek O'Leary, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Jonathan Dunne, left, and Jerry Rush, right, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Jonathan Dunne, left, and Jerry Rush, right, from Edenmore, Dublin, at Malone's Irish Bar in Glasgow ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Conor and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, and Adrian Murphy, from Rathmore, Co. Kerry, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters, from left, Conor and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, and Adrian Murphy, from Rathmore, Co. Kerry, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters and brothers Conor, left, and Ryan Higgins, from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
13 November 2014; Republic of Ireland supporters Naomi and Ivan Murray, from Riverstick, Co. Cork, in Glasgow city centre ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer Group D game against Scotland on Friday. Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

IRELAND fans have given their backing to assistant manager Roy Keane following speculation the Corkman was involved in an altercation in the team hotel last night.

Keane hit the headlines in Ireland and Scotland today following the incident last night that resulted in the gardai and ambulance being called out to the Portmarnock hotel in Dublin.

But despite the furore surrounding the drama, Ireland fans were concentrating more  on tomorrow's vital Group D Qualifier against Gordon Strachan's men.

The travelling Green Army also dismissed any notion of tension between Ireland fans who have tickets in the  home end and the Tartan Army.

FAI CEO John Delaney said this week that the decision by the SFA to allocate five per cent of tickets to Ireland supporters could lead to  problems inside the ground with many of the travelling support buying up seats in the home end.

Ireland fans strongly dismiss this and feel that it's a deflection from the main issue of how the allocated five per cent were  distributed with many hardcore fans missing out.

Scotland fans were banging the same drum.

"I have been following Scotland since I was kid," said Tartan Army fan Phil McFadden, who has been living in Meath for the past 12 years.

"Ireland and Scotland fans will show everyone what supporting their country is all about tomorrow.  Two great fans will come together and their will be a great atmosphere.

"I think the FAI comments were only made to mask their own professionalism in the distribution of their own tickets."

Manager of the Ireland fans team Phelim Warren echoed those comments. YBIG play their Scottish counterparts tomorrow afternoon and Warren said: "We played the Scots fans in the Carling Cup in 2011 and made great friends, Celtic fans, Rangers fans, Hibs fans,

"We are playing them again tomorrow and drinking with them afterwards. Both sets of fans have won awards and tomorrow will be a great occasion.

"I don't think John Delaney's comments were helpful."

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