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Sunday 18 March 2018

McCabe hopes to catch Trap's eye

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GARY McCABE hopes that Giovanni Trapattoni will find the time to come and watch Shamrock Rovers if they produce a shock in Tallaght tonight.

If the Hoops manage to overturn a one-goal deficit against FC Copenhagen they will be on the brink of the Champions League promised land and will be guaranteed, at the very least, a place in the group stages of the Europa League.

McCabe believes that achievement would be worthy of recognition from the Ireland manager, who generally has been quite dismissive of the League of Ireland.

"It would be great for Irish football," said the winger, who is set to replace Dean Kelly in the starting XI after a strong showing as a substitute in Denmark.

"Trapattoni would see the great standard that there is in Irish football, and might even pick a few of our players in an Ireland squad."

The 22-year-old believes that last week's showing in Denmark has instilled a belief in the dressing-room that an upset is possible.

"Standard-wise, they are in a completely different class to any other team I've played against," he said. "They are the best by far. But we held our own against them in the first leg and the lads know we should not be afraid of them."

Tallaght native McCabe has seen first-hand the excitement building in the locality ahead of the fixture, and said it would be extra sweet to scale the heights in the area where he grew up.

"I have friends and family coming to the game -- everybody in Tallaght wants to see it," said the Kilnamanagh lad.

"It's great to see the numbers of locals who are interested in the club now. When you walk through the shopping centre, you get all different sorts of people coming up to you and wishing you well."

Irish Independent

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