Friday 23 February 2018

O'Neill slams his Hoops flops

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

MICHAEL O'NEILL has issued a stern warning to his squad players.

The Shamrock Rovers boss made seven changes for last Friday's 1-0 win over Drogheda United, but it was the cavalry who saved the day as Billy Dennehy set up fellow sub Gary Twigg for the winner in the fifth minute of injury-time.

O'Neill, who confirmed that he has signed former Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Richard Brush in advance of the expected departure of Alan Mannus to St Johnstone this week, said: "We shuffled the pack about to try to keep bodies fresh for Tuesday in Tallinn, but a lot of lads who came in didn't do themselves justice at all. It was a poor performance and Twiggy got us out of jail.

"A lot of players who have been waiting for a chance didn't really convince me that they deserve to be in the team.

O'Neill is delighted to have added Brush to his squad. "Richard needs a wee bit of work but he's been training with us for the last couple of weeks and has been very impressive.

"People have to realise how difficult it is bringing players to the club. We offer people 42-week contracts, which means if a player comes in from the UK you are offering him 16 or 17 weeks of a contract -- it's not a great offer, let's be honest."

Irish Independent

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