SHAY Given believes that Martin O'Neill's players will blank out any possible hostile reception in Glasgow on Friday night.
Comments from figures in the Scottish game like former international Gordon McQueen have teed up a potentially difficult night for Scottish-born players Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy at Parkhead.
On the other side, Scottish supporters have been angered by recent statements from FAI CEO John Delaney on the ticketing issues, though the Scottish FA last night declined an offer from The Herald to respond to comments made by Delaney in a radio interview on Monday, stating they would take a "dignified silence".
But Given (above), who started his career in Glasgow with Celtic, says it won't derail the Irish players.
"It doesn't matter if there's going to be tension or not, or hatred or whatever you want to call it. We know that it can't affect what's going to happen on the pitch and we've got to focus on that," said Given.
"The manager and the coaching staff will have us well-drilled. We've got to blank that other stuff out whenever we play away in big games.
It's what we do on the pitch that matters not really the atmosphere."
And Given responded to McQueen's feelings on Scottish-born players playing for Ireland.
"The comments were a bit unfair as some of the Scottish players were born in England. It can't be one rule for Ireland and one rule for others. They are in the exact same situation, so some of the comments were a bit personal and a wee bit over the top," added Given.
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