Sunday 23 October 2016

'Irish have to win it'

SCOTLAND star Saun Maloney insists that all the pressure is on Ireland and not his side for Saturday's Euro qualifier in Dublin.

Former Celtic man Maloney, now playing in the MLS for Chicago Fire, scored the only goal of the game when the sides met in Glasgow last year and for Maloney, the three-point haul for his side at home means that Ireland need to deliver in Dublin.

"Every home game is so important that you really do need to try and win them. So that pressure just switches over to Ireland and give us a little less pressure," said Maloney,

In terms of the group and the context of the match it would be a massive result if we could win," said Maloney.

"We felt the pressure in the home game because we knew it was so important. It's a little bit less this time for us because we are away but it would be a similarly fantastic feeling to win.

"Ireland are going to be a very hard team to beat again and we're expecting a really hard match," added Maloney, who fears that the Irish defence will be more alert on Saturday and not allow a goal, like his one in Celtic Park, slip through.

"Have we got any more tricks up our sleeves? We haven't actually started working on the set-pieces yet but I just can't see that happening again, but it was a special moment for the team and myself."

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