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Buckley: I will juggle in Iceland

ST PATRICK'S Athletic boss Liam Buckley will re-jig his side for this week's crucial Europa League qualifier against IBV in Iceland.

Holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg at Richmond Park, Buckley (right) was forced to rotate his squad and make five changes for Sunday's 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers and is expected to test the strength of his squad again this week.

"There's no way we're going to get through the next three weeks with two games a week. We've got to juggle that around and we'll juggle again on Thursday," he said.

"We'll have a view of winning that game and put us through to the next round of the cup.

"We are looking forward to getting through and I don't care how we do it, once we progress."

New signing Anto Flood, who came on for the latter stages of last week's win over IBV, played the full 90 minutes against the Hoops at the weekend and could start tomorrow with Dean Kelly injured and Chris Forrester and Christy Fagan facing fitness tests.

Buckley admits that he has no immediate plans for further transfers. "I haven't done anything else yet," he added.

"Unless we get something done that strengthens us up, there is no point in bringing someone in for the sake of it. Ian Daly has left and Anto Flood has come in. We will have to wait to see what else comes up."

After his goalscoring heroics at the weekend, Pat Flynn will be hoping to challenge Ger O'Brien for a starting berth this week.

"I can't wait to go over there and see what they're like. They'll probably be a different team over there," Flynn said.

Bohemians also arrived in Iceland this morning as they prepare for their second leg against Icelandic second division side Thor. The tie is delicately poised after a scoreless draw at Dalymount Park last week.



Gers await verdict

Charles Green's 'newco' Rangers will discover on Friday whether they will be playing in the First Division or Third Division next season.

The vast majority of Ibrox fans favour a fresh start in the bottom tier after the relaunched Govan club failed in their bid to remain in the Scottish Premier League, a view that, unsurprisingly, finds favour with most supporters from other clubs.