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Tuesday 24 October 2017

O'Neill to give youth a chance at Hampden

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will use a trip to the "iconic" Hampden Park to give more young players the chance to prove they have the mettle required for international football.

O'Neill has seen some young players come to the fore during an impressive start to their European Championship qualifying campaign, which has seen them pick up nine points from four matches thanks to away wins in Hungary and Greece.

O'Neill's side host Finland on Sunday in their next qualifier but they first of all will face Scotland tonight in a friendly in Glasgow.

The former Shamrock Rovers boss said: "It will be a good test for us because, often with a friendly international, it can be a little bit low key.

"We have had a couple of those in the last few years and didn't get very much out of them. I think we will get a lot out of this game.

"The nature of it being Scotland-Northern Ireland will add to that as well and hopefully a big crowd at Hampden. Hampden is still an iconic stadium for our lads."

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