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Johnny Giles gives his Ireland v Scotland verdict

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Wondering what Jon Giles had to say on Ireland v Scotland? Wonder no more
Wondering what Jon Giles had to say on Ireland v Scotland? Wonder no more

Ireland legend Johnny Giles watched Ireland's 1-1 draw against Scotland from a bar in Birmingham after he was dropped from the RTE panel in contentious fashion and here is his view on the Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

"It was a disappointing result, no question. The team started well and played with plenty of spirit, they were the better team in the first half. They lost the goal at a bad time in the second half.

"They played with plenty of spirit and were the better team for long periods.

"The match was scrappy generally, Ireland scrapped better than Scotland scrapped for most of the game and you couldn't doubt the Irish spirit in any way whatsoever. 

"We didn't dominate, but neither team dominated in the middle of the pitch. We certainly didn't dominate with Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy there and Wes Hoolahan was the best of our midfield players and the most likely to create something."

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan challenges Scotland's Matt Ritchie at the Aviva Stadium

"Robbie Brady got the award and I wouldn't argue with that. He did well, got plenty of room down the left-hand side, put a lot of good crosses into the box. I thought he did particularly well.

"It leaves us with a lot to do. We're not out of it entirely yet, still possibilities with big matches to come up, but it makes it very difficult."