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Sunday 11 December 2016

Maloney: Ireland's victory over Germany was Scots downfall

Shaun Maloney (right) in action for Scotland
Shaun Maloney (right) in action for Scotland

Shaun Maloney has claimed that Ireland's quality has cost Scotland a place at Euro 2016.

The former Celtic, Aston Villa and Wigan player insisted that Ireland's win over world champions Germany last Thursday, coupled with Scotland's defeat to Georgia, left Gordon Strachan and his sqiad with an uphill battle for qualify for the finals in France next summer.

"We have to look at the recent game in Georgia as obviously a huge result. It was a huge knock-back," he said.

"I think that result put us in a very difficult situation. It meant we had to rely on other teams and Ireland have proved what a good side they've been when they beat Germany. That's why we find ourselves in the situation we're in."

Moloney, meanwhile, will continue to offer his services to Scotland until told otherwise.

"I absolutely love playing for Scotland. It's a privilege. It's what gets you up in the morning, so I'm very proud to play.

"But I think it'll be the manager of the national side who will decide when I don't play - not me."

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