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    Posted: 02 Mar 2023 at 7:13pm
Declared and in with a shot of being included in the Latvia/France squad if his registration is settled in time. 

Currently playing for a high-level team in Portugal, Vitoria Guimaraes, in fifth just behind Sporting Lisbon, though recently lost his starting slot. 

Kenny said today: 

“He has attributes that, to be honest, we probably don’t have in the squad.  A winger of that ilk, a right footed left winger who can dribble and take people inside or outside.  I thought the paperwork would have been done last week but it’s still not through. We’ll have to assess if he’s in the next squad but I expect him to be important and very much be involved in the campaign ahead".

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Wonder does he see him as a potential wing back option? For people who watched him at Celtic more frequently than me would he appeal as a type that could play that role?

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I wish Mikey the best of luck but he does seem injury prone.
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Originally posted by kevin100 kevin100 wrote:

Wonder does he see him as a potential wing back option? For people who watched him at Celtic more frequently than me would he appeal as a type that could play that role?

Haven't seen him play in Portugal, but nothing I saw of him in a Celtic shirt would scream wing back. Old fashioned tricky winger is how I'd describe him. Very hard to see him being as heavily involved as Kenny seems to suggest, unless we see a change of tactical approach to some games,  which I would welcome.
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Kenny surely must be looking at 433 4231 again. 



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Agree with this. Can’t see him playing as a wing back, he’s an old school tricky winger.
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Welcome onboard Jinky Junior Smile 

Not the most exciting switch of allegiance imo, but he's only 23 and definitely has ability. Good luck to him, hopefully he can stay injury free and kick on in his career.
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Originally posted by John Nice John Nice wrote:

Welcome onboard Jinky Junior Smile 

Not the most exciting switch of allegiance imo, but he's only 23 and definitely has ability. Good luck to him, hopefully he can stay injury free and kick on in his career.
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Unless we're moving to a back 4 this window I really don't see the point in calling him up this month. It would surely make more sense to call up one of the fringe midfielders/attacking mids/wing-backs if we're sticking with 5-3-2.
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His club have confirmed his call up to the Ireland senior squad for the March games anyway. Will be interesting to see if he lasts any longer than CJ Hamilton did.
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Supposedly already called up to the Ireland squad?
Seems very strange?
I think his club just mean available to play or there is some confusion.
If true doesn't quite sit right that he is getting very special treatment.
It is not like we just convinced Damien Duff to play for us.
Where is he going to play. Formation change would make sense but whatever, wait and see I suppose

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Originally posted by Nialler Nialler wrote:

Supposedly already called up to the Ireland squad?
Seems very strange?
I think his club just mean available to play or there is some confusion.
If true doesn't quite sit right that he is getting very special treatment.
It is not like we just convinced Damien Duff to play for us.
Where is he going to play. Formation change would make sense but whatever, wait and see I suppose

Granny rulers always have got special treatment . But suppose Kenny will be trying to paint this as some sort of win. Could be in the long term. Who knows.
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Really bizarre.. who knows what SK thinks he's achieving with this one. Is he planning to go back to that turgid 3-4-3? This lad is not even close to being worthy of tactical adjustments being made for him.
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Originally posted by Nialler Nialler wrote:

Supposedly already called up to the Ireland squad?
Seems very strange?
I think his club just mean available to play or there is some confusion.
If true doesn't quite sit right that he is getting very special treatment.
It is not like we just convinced Damien Duff to play for us.
Where is he going to play. Formation change would make sense but whatever, wait and see I suppose



Players that make the extended squad their clubs are likely informed a week before the squads named that they could be called up for international duty.

It's like MON and his 40 man squads that then got reduced a week later. Just now we're not announcing who makes the extended squads.

Originally posted by SeaSharp SeaSharp wrote:

Really bizarre.. who knows what SK thinks he's achieving with this one. Is he planning to go back to that turgid 3-4-3? This lad is not even close to being worthy of tactical adjustments being made for him.


Doubt he's coming in for anything more than the coaches getting a better look at him in training.

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Wierd one. Seems like the Celtic obsession of this country winning out even if he doesn't even play for them. We play rubbish in any system with wingers too so can't see this working unless he's shoehorned into a wingback or striker/midfield role which I don't think the lad can even play as.
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Fair point about the extended squad, forgot that's a thing LOL
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I don't think there's any great mystery here. Kenny was always going to pick him, as an under pressure manager he seems to see this as some kind of win he can sell to the public. The clubs get notice of the call ups well in advance, there's just usually an assumed embargo on publishing the details until the national association have done it. Vitória probably haven't realised this and have just gone and released the details anyway.

I suspect he'll win a few caps under Kenny and once Kenny is gone, unless he finds another level in his club career, he'll disappear out of the squad like Curtis, Horgan and many others before him.


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Originally posted by SC92 SC92 wrote:

Wierd one. Seems like the Celtic obsession of this country winning out even if he doesn't even play for them. We play rubbish in any system with wingers too so can't see this working unless he's shoehorned into a wingback or striker/midfield role which I don't think the lad can even play as.

Not as weird as this post. Are you really suggesting Kenny picked him (though it is still to be confirmed he will make the final squad) because he plays for Celtic?
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