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Promising Youngster Named In Both Ireland & Scotland’s U-19 Squads

Rangers striker Matthew Shiels has been named in both Scotland and Ireland’s under-19 squads ahead of their fixtures later this month, causing just a small degree of confusion. 

While born in Scotland and having played with his country of birth at under-16 and under-17 level, Shiels’ Donegal-born grandparents make him eligible to represent the Boys in Green, which he has done from under-18 level. 

Having most recently featured for Ireland at this grade, the Glasgow native was unsurprisingly named in Tom Mohan’s under-19 squad squad for their trip to Spain next week where they take on Romania over two games, to which the player acknowledged his delight on Twitter. 

However, following that announcement Shiels’ name also appeared in the Scotland under-19 squad, this time as a defender where he has also played. 

While this may have indicated an undefined decision from the youngster on where his allegiances lay, his reaction suggests he will be joining the Ireland squad and not Donald Park’s Scotland side. 

There may yet be more twists and turns to this story, and perhaps Shiels’ international future, but for now he appears to be sticking with Ireland. 

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.