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Gillespie backs McNair for North

Paddy McNair has been backed to make an impression for Northern Ireland and Manchester United by former winger Keith Gillespie after his rapid ascent.

The 19-year-old defender from Ballyclare made his United debut against West Ham in September. Gillespie hopes McNair seizes his opportunity after being called into Michael O'Neill's squad for the first time for Friday's clash in Romania.

Gillespie said: "He's still very young, still has a lot to learn, but he's done himself no harm in the (United) games that he's played so far. There's an opportunity for him there if he continues to progress the way he is."