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Goal spree for Irish players a boost for Walters

JONATHAN Walters believes that Ireland's players have hit form at club level just in time for tomorrow's Euro qualifier in Scotland.

After a blank few weeks in terms of Irish internationals scoring in the English Premier League, Walters scored his second league goal of the season on Saturday as Stoke beat Spurs, while Shane Long managed two goals for Southampton.

Some of Martin O'Neill's men also found the net in the Championship - Daryl Murphy is joint-top scorer in that division - and that's all good news for Walters as he prepares for the meeting with Scotland tomorrow.

"We have lads are going in on great form. Shane Long scored on Saturday, and Daryl Murphy and Jeff Hendrick are on fire. Hopefully we can take the confidence from our clubs into that Scotland game," says Walters.

"It'll be some atmosphere. At Celtic Park it's going to be an unbelievable occasion and hopefully we can get the points to keep us going towards qualification.

"It's a very tough group with Germany, Poland, Scotland, even Georgia, not an easy game there."

Walters, 31, had been out of favour at Stoke for chunks of this season but he has cime back centre-stage for Mark Hughes' side in recent games.


"I'm playing well, I'm happy to be playing and happy to be on the scoresheet," he says.

"To be fair you enjoy yourself when you win and you get a goal so I'm having a good time at the moment."

Walters' aim today and tomorrow is to play his way into Martin O'Neill's starting XI for the Glasgow tie.

Rested for the home stroll against Gibraltar, Walters started in both away games so far, the 2-1 win in Georgia and the 1-1 draw in Germany last month and Martin O'Neill is a big admirer of the Stoke man who can add power to the Irish side.

But with James McClean and Aiden McGeady most likely to start in the wide slots against Scotland. O'Neill has a big call to make on how to use Walters, if at all.