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Foran has no fears for Irish 'Scots' duo at Parkhead

A GAA-LOVING Dubliner who's been based in Scotland for the best part of a decade, Richie Foran has togged out in every major football ground in Scotland and lived to tell the tale.

But while the former Shelbourne star, who has been with this season's surprise packets Inverness since 2009 and previously played for Motherwell, avoided the boos and the jeers, he feels that Ireland internationals Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy are in for a rough night in Glasgow tomorrow night.

"The two boys are in for a tough time but I also think they can handle it," Foran told The Herald as the 34-year-old steps up his recovery from a knee injury which has kept him out of the Inverness side since March.

"I have played against McGeady and McCarthy and they both do their talking on the park. They are good enough to handle it. I don't think it will be vicious but they are in for a tough night at Parkhead.

"I never had any problems. I have been to Ibrox many times and never got stick, I think that's all in the past," added Foran.

Foran is unused to being a spectator but plans to attend tomorrow's game. "I have never been to an international game before, never been to an English Premier League match or an Old Firm game, I don't think I have ever been to a football game that I wasn't involved in myself, I was never interested," he admits.

"I was a Gaelic man, I always went to GAA matches but never had the same interest in watching soccer, I don't even have the sports channels on my TV, but I will go tomorrow.

"I have heard a lot about the Scottish support, how good they are and how they get behind their team, so I want to see that for myself.

"I have played against a lot of the Scotland squad but I have played against a lot of them in the SPL. I am expecting a great atmosphere, the players and the two managers all know each other really well so it will be evenly matched.

"I don't know if it will be a cracking game of football as I think the two teams will cancel each other out, a few players will be nervous on the night. It could be a horrible game but I don't care as long as Ireland come out on top."