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Monday 25 Mar 2024
McNair excited to play against Scotland

Paddy McNair is looking forward to playing at a “loud” Hampden Park when Northern Ireland take on Scotland at the Glasgow stadium tomorrow night.

Up to 1500 members of the Green and White Army will be in the 52,000-capacity venue to cheer on the boys in green and white.

Around 35,000 home fans will also be at the game at Hampden (7.45 start) and McNair is excited at the prospect of playing in Scotland’s national stadium.

“I’m sure it will be a loud atmosphere. It’s one to look forward to,” he said.

“Our fans always travel in numbers and I am looking forward to seeing them there,” he added.

Scotland will be aiming to bounce back in the international challenge match against Michael O’Neill’s side after suffering a 4-0 defeat to the Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam on Friday.

By contrast Northern Ireland are in confident mood after securing a 1-1 draw against Romania on the same night.

McNair skippered the team for a second time in Bucharest and he admitted it was “an amazing feeling” wearing the armband once again.

He said the team were happy with the performance against the Euros-bound Romanians.

The defender is expecting another tough encounter in Glasgow against a Scottish team who will also be playing at UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany this summer.

Although the final scoreline would suggest the Scots were overrun by the Netherlands, Steve Clarke’s side actually created several chances in the opening 70 minutes and the game could arguably have finished four apiece.