James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady travel back to the land of their birth this Friday for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland. They can expect a white hot reception.
For an issue that has stuck in the craw of a lot of Scottish football people since the two chose the nation of their forebears, there has been little efforts made to defuse the tension.
Indeed ex-Manchester United player and current Sky Sports pundit Gordon McQueen has said that he hopes the two players get a horrible reception Friday night – rather incredible considering how volatile the atmosphere can get north of the border. McCarthy and McGeady, under FIFA law, have every right to choose which country they represent. Considering how close the two nations are in ancestry, if they felt more Irish than Scottish growing up, then far be it from anyone to judge their actions from a distance.