“You could lose the ball nine times out of 10 but that one time you could do something"

Tonight’s clash with Georgia presents an outlet for redemption for Aidan McGeady.

Since McGeady sunk Ireland’s late winner in Tbilisi a year ago today, career highlights have been scarce.

The 29-year-old admits inconsistency has dogged his career, yet his ability to create sparks in the final third may influence Martin O’Neill’s thought process when it comes to choosing his line-up for this must-win qualifier.

“I have always liked one-v-ones and having the ball at my feet,” McGeady said last night.

“Sometimes when you take chances you can end up losing the ball and that can be detrimental to the team.

“The fans don’t like it as well which is the way football is sometimes but you have to put up with that.

“You could lose the ball nine times out of 10 but that one time you could do something and create something or score the winning goal and that’s the way I look at it.”

Tonight’s occasion would earn the Glaswegian his 77th cap if he features and he’s got the century mark in his sights.

“To get to 100 caps would be unbelievable,” he admitted. “There is a long way to go yet but every time I get on I think ‘that’s another cap.’

“When you finish, you can always say you pulled on an Irish jersey so many times. No one can ever take that away from you. I remember Roy Keane sending me up a signed top when I came in first, before I’d even met him, and I have that framed.

“At times I could have done better. More consistency would have been good but I’ve still more to give.

“If my international career ends tonight, I’d be happy with how it’s gone but ideally we’ll qualify for next year’s Euros.”


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