Vital Euro 2016 Outing For Ireland Today

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Ireland’s Euro2016 qualifying campaign hangs in the balance this evening as Scotland come calling to the Aviva Stadium. After a 1-0 loss in Glasgow last November, Martin O’Neill’s side effectively have to win today if they’re to retain a realistic chance of emerging from Group D. The Ireland manager will keep his team-sheet under wraps until shortly before kick-off as he faces selection decisions around Aiden McGeady and Robbie Keane. Assistant manager Roy Keane insists that the side have the ability to take all three points today [audio_player src=””] Scottish based reporter Franny Kiernan also joined us for a chat on the big game [audio_player src=””] There was further embarrassment for the FAI today, with news they were forced to spend 10-thousand euro to shred and replace programmes for this evening’s game. The original programme is believed to have been ditched as it contained a feature from Chief Executive John Delaney on the recent scandals engulfing FIFA. It’s reported that Delaney was unaware of the change, and it was down to an editorial decision taken by the FAI’s communications team. Kick-off in Dublin this evening is at 5, which is the same time as table-toppers Poland will host Georgia while Germany are away to Group D minnows Gibraltar at 7:45. Northern Ireland are also involved in qualifying action today. Goalkeeper Roy Carroll has been ruled-out of their crucial Group F clash with Romania in Belfast, which will get underway at 7.45. Gareth Bale’s fine volley ensures they end the season top of Group B – they were 1-nil winners over Belgium in Cardiff. Croatian officials have insisted the appearance of a swastika design on the pitch in their qualifier with Italy was an act of sabotage. The game was played behind closed doors in Split as punishment for racist chanting and crowd trouble by fans during their match with Norway in March. The F-I-G-C has already complained to UEFA.