Martin O’Neill has named his ‘Ireland XI’ starting lineup for Scott Brown’s testimonial at Parkhead.
With the matchday squad announced earlier on Sunday, fans knew to expect something of an experimental lineup for the clash against O’Neill’s former club Celtic, and that has proven to be the case.
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Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams start at the back alongside John Egan and captain Seamus Coleman, while Shaun Williams starts in midfield in what is a surprisingly strong Ireland XI given the circumstances. There are also welcome returns to the side for Callum O’Dowda and Jon Walters, while Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke is named on the bench.
As this is not an official FIFA match, however (hence the ‘XI’ bit), the appearances made by the Ireland players here will not count as official caps. That said, it does provide the debutants with their first taste of senior international football.
Celtic, meanwhile, play for the second time in 24 hours having won the Scottish Cup final on Saturday, and that has been reflected in Brendan Rodgers’ lineup. Brown starts in a much-changed lineup alongside the likes of Patrick Roberts, Leigh Griffiths, Scott Sinclair and Jozo Simunovic.
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The bench has an added dose of star power, with Bhoys legend Henrik Larsson lining up as a substitute.
Expect multiple changes as the match goes on, with every player set to get a run-out at some point in the afternoon.