Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne’s dream season continued in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.
The former Cork City man was named in the starting lineup for Ireland’s clash with Celtic at Parkhead to mark Scott Brown’s testimonial – and put his own stamp on proceedings with less than five minutes on the clock.
Taking advantage of some loose Celtic defending, Browne took his time to line up a shot before curling a fine low drive past goalkeeper Dorus De Vries from outside the box.
Browne is looking to make a big impression on O’Neill ahead of the UEFA Nations League later this year, and after a season in which the 23-year-old scored seven goals as Preston came agonisingly close to a Championship playoff place, goals like that will go a long way to securing a place in the Ireland starting eleven.
Celtic equalised just before half time, Leigh Griffiths slotting home after some fine work in the build-up from Eboue Kouassi, and at the time of writing it remains 1-1 between the two sides.