Ireland take on Celtic in Scott Brown’s testimonial tomorrow. Having narrowed down to an 18 man squad, we take a look at some of the line ups Martin O’Neill could deploy in what will be an experimental side.
With players ruled out through injury and play off involvement, Martin O’Neill sees himslef bare at centre half making the formation unpredictable. We provide three ways in which he could sent out his side at his former home dugout.
This is certainly not Ireland’s strongest available squad and it is is doubtful that it will go without experimentation. However, this could represent Ireland’s most experienced side which would still see uncapped Darragh Lenihan’s likely inclusion given that he is one of two recognised centre halfs in the squad although both Shaun and Derrick Williams have played there in the past.
This lineup brings a side full of uncapped potential. Graham Burke deserves at least a taste of the action and provides a new number 10 option now that Wes Hoolahan has retired. Although primarily a left back, Derrick Willams has been paired with Blackburn teammate Darragh Lenihan at centre half at domestic level. Conor O’Malley could also get a nod with Alan Browne the possible choice as captain if this personnel was assembled.
Nothing to Lose
This lineup contains serious excitement. Overlapping attritional wing backs in Coleman and McClean, ball playing Shaun Williams paired with David Meyler defensive balance and a pacey, technically gifted front three in O’Dowda, Maguire and Robinson. Derrick Willams has played on the left of a back three and could make an unofficial debut.
18-Man Ireland Squad To Face Celtic
GK: Conor O’Malley, Colin Doyle
DEF: Seamus Coleman, Enda Stevens, Darragh Lenihan, Matt Doherty, John Egan, Derrick Williams
MID: Alan Browne, Shaun Williams, Eunan O’Kane, David Meyler, James McClean, Callum O’Dowda
FWD: Graham Burke, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson, Jon Walters
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena