'We'll get on with it' says O'Neill after tough Euro 2016 draw

'We'll get on with it' says O'Neill after tough Euro 2016 draw

Republic of Ireland and Scotland will face each other in a Euro 2016 Group D qualifying battle between two teams led by former Celtic managers, Gordon Strachan and Martin O'Neill.

They join Germany, Poland and Georgia, as well as UEFA's newest member Gibraltar, who were drawn to Group C with Spain but were switched to D for political reasons.

'We'll get on with it' says O'Neill after tough Euro 2016 draw

Republic boss O'Neill said: "They will be great occasions I hope.

"I'm sure he (Strachan) is looking forward to it. I'm sure he'll be as excited as I am myself. It's tough, I'm sure there's other groups we might have preferred to be in, but we'll get on with it.

"Germany you would say are the outstanding side in the group but there's plenty to fight for."

Strachan added: "The commercial manager is happy. Every tie, there's something in it. You've got Gibraltar, new to the competition; Germany, one of the best teams in the world; the Republic of Ireland; Poland, who we play in a friendly - we've just decided to knock that one on the head and the backroom staff are just going to play their backroom staff.

"It is exciting. There's some groups you might call mundane but we're definitely in an exciting group.

"It's a terrific, terrific draw."

The draw prompted bookmaker Paddy Power to lengthe Ireland’s odds of qualifying for the tournament from 8/11 to 4/5.

The Boys in Green’s odds have also been stretched from 100/1 to 125/1 to win the win the tournament.

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