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Football: McGEADY NEEDS FIRST AID; 2008 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: BOSS STAYS DEFIANT AFTER TOUGH WEEK IN THE OFFICE.

Byline: By CIARAN O RAGHALLAIGH

LIBOR SIONKO reckons Ireland must support Aiden McGeady more to get the best out of him.

Sionko knows McGeady well, having seen him help Celtic to the title in the Czech star's one season with Rangers.

But he said he barely recognised the twice Celtic Young Player of the Year from his display against the Czechs.

Sionko said: "I saw him a lot of times with Celtic where he did so well for them. But it's not only one player who can win a game though, he needs support. We did well in our defensive game and it was not easy for him to get through.

"But I know this from my time at Rangers, he can be a lot better than he was."

Meanwhile, Kevin Doyle claims Ireland can look to the next qualifying campaign with excitement.

Sidestepping the 'we're still in with a shout' philosophy of others, Doyle conceded all eyes are now realistically looking to 2010.

The Reading star said: "Thankfully we're all young and we will be around.

"A lot of lads have won a lot of caps - a year ago I was the youngest player and there was no-one else new from the previous campaign.

"It's been a massive changeover and that's what we have to be excited about and if we can't qualify this year then we have to be professional and build on that."

Despite having no results to prove his argument, Doyle insists that Ireland have improved since their bashing against Cyprus last year.

He argued: "I think we have improved since Cyprus, and it would have been 10 games unbeaten if we didn't lose on Wednesday night."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 16, 2007
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