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This is not an Irish team for the future - it should be a force for here and now

Gary Breen


I was extremely confident at half-time as Ireland’s first-half plan was perfect but the sideline were too slow to respond to Scotland’s increase in tempo

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Jayson Molumby of Republic of Ireland in action against John McGinn of Scotland during UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match at Hampden Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jayson Molumby of Republic of Ireland in action against John McGinn of Scotland during UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match at Hampden Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Jayson Molumby of Republic of Ireland in action against John McGinn of Scotland during UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match at Hampden Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The Nations League was designed to place teams in their weight division so the passing of a campaign without laying a glove in the fight for top spot is difficult to comprehend for a side who were supposed to be on the cusp or something.

Fixtures in Group B1 were aligned in Ireland’s favour with a trip to Armenia away followed by games with Ukraine and Scotland, sides that were always going to be vulnerable slipping out of World Cup mode. Yet, instead of seizing on a realistic chance to win the group, Stephen Kenny’s side finish up by playing in a wooden-spoon game.


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