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11th Jun 2022

Ireland v Scotland: Team news for Uefa Nations League tie

Robert Redmond

Ireland scotland team

Ireland have made some changes for the game at the Aviva Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland have named their team to play Scotland in the Uefa Nations League. Stephen Kenny’s side host Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in the third game of this year’s Nations League campaign.

The Boys in Green lost 1-0 to Armenia last Saturday and 1-0 to a second-string Ukraine on Wednesday. Ireland are still searching for a victory in the tournament after failing to win their last 12 matches in the Nations League.

Ireland team to play Scotland in the Uefa Nations League.

Kenny has made changes to the team that lost on Wednesday. Chiedozie Ogbene started Ireland’s last two matches but has been ruled out through injury and Scott Hogan replaces him in the squad.

John Egan picked up an injury against Ukraine and was expected to drop to the bench for Saturday’s game against Scotland. But he has made a recovery and starts at centre-back. James McClean replaces Enda Stevens at left-back.

Michael Obafemi comes in for his first start, while Jeff Hendrick is replaced by Jayson Molumby.

Here is the full Ireland XI for the game:

Caoimhin Kelleher; Nathan Collins, Shane Duffy, John Egan; Alan Browne, Josh Cullen, Jayson Molumby, James McClean; Jason Knight, Troy Parrott; Michael Obafemi.

Ireland v Scotland.

Scotland have also named their starting XI for Saturday’s match.

The Scots come into the game after beating Armenia 2-0 at Hampden Park in their opening Uefa Nations League game of the year.

Steve Clarke’s side also lost 3-1 to Ukraine last week in a Fifa World Cup play-off semi-final.

Ireland and Scotland last played each other in June 2015, a 1-1 draw in the qualification group for Euro 2016. Scotland beat Ireland 1-0 at Celtic Park during qualification for the tournament, but the Boys in Green finished above them in the group after beating Germany. Martin O’Neill’s side then advanced to Euro 2016 after winning their play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Since then, Scotland’s fortunes have improved. The Scots rose from being ranked 67th in the world in 2016 to their current standing of 39. They also reached the group stages of Euro 2020.

Ireland, meanwhile, have struggled over the last few years. The Boys in Green, currently ranked 49th in the world, have not won a competitive match at home since beating Gibraltar 2-0 in June 2019, three years ago.

For more information on Saturday’s game, click here.