Printer Friendly

Football: MAC: GIVE US A BREAK; Jackie: Swede game is last thing we need before Gers and Barca clashes.


JACKIE McNamara says Scotland's friendly with Sweden tomorrow is a game he could well have done without.

The Easter Road inter- national match has come at a bad time for Celtic - right before their crucial double header against Old Firm rivals Rangers in the SPL and Barcelona in the Champions League.

Caretaker boss Tommy Burns will be in charge of the national team for the first time tomorrow evening and McNamara is aware they have to get back on track after a disastrous start to the World Cup qualification campaign.


But the Celtic captain can't help letting his mind drift to club matters as the Hoops face a trip to Ibrox just three days after the Scotland game.

Four days later the Parkhead men take on Barcelona in the Nou Camp in a Champions League game which could determine their European future this season.

McNamara admits focusing on the Scotland game will be extremely difficult with such massive club business just around the corner.

He said: "It's at the back of everyone's minds. It's a big week ahead and the inter- national is maybe a game that's not ideal at the moment.

"It's come at a difficult time, but we have to be professional and take things from the game."

Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher believes moving the game to Easter Road is a bonus. The Manchester United midfielder said: "We had a good result the last time we were there - against Trinidad.

"A full ground with the fans behind us gives us a great chance. The pitch is a little bit tighter and it might end up suiting us.

"I know a good result would give the whole nation a lift after the disappointment of the last couple of results."

Stevie Thompson, Paul Dickov, Gary Naysmith and Colin Cameron have all withdrawn from the squad while decisions on skipper Barry Ferguson and Andy Gray will be taken today.


No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2004
Previous Article:Football: Magnus:Scots are not scary.

Related Articles
Football: Ref broke up team talk to red card big Rab; UEFA CUP 4TH RND, 1ST LEG: CELTIC 1 BARCELONA 0, PARKHEAD HALF-TIME STUNNER.
Football: I love Old Firm games and I'll come back to see one says HENRIK LARSSON.
Football: OUR SPY IN THE CAMP; EXCLUSIVE Henrik has told us secrets of Celtic weaknesses says Barca star Eto'o.
Football: SWEDE AND SOUR; Henrik: Scoring against Hoops broke my heart; Celtic 1 Barcelona 3.
Football: THE LARSS HURRAH; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP F: CELTIC 1 BARCELONA 3, LIVE FROM CELTIC PARK Henrik has final say as Celts heroics can't salvage...
Football: Larsson dumps old Bhoys on their Hoops; SLICK BARCA STUN CELTS.
Football: SEVEN 'N' HELL; CELTIC ...............1 BARCELONA .....3 Larsson returns to shoot down his old pals... but he says it broke his heart.
Football: SPAIN: BARCA BAFFLED BY FRISKY BUSINESS; Quit ref riddle for Rijkaard.
Football: FRISK BACK TO HAUNT BLUES; The FA CUP Countdown to the fifth round.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters