Forde eyes "enormous" Ireland win over Scotland in qualifier

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LIFELONG Celtic fan David Forde is relishing the prospect of a Republic of Ireland victory at Parkhead.

Millwall goalkeeper Forde is set to start between the sticks in a crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on Friday night.

The 34-year-old, who was linked with a move to Celtic Park in the summer and has always supported the club, joked: "I'm finally getting there!"

Ireland have claimed seven points from their first three qualifiers.

"This is the toughest group out of the lot but we're looking forward to going to Celtic Park," added Forde.

"I relish playing in the big games – there will be big Irish support up there and it should be a great occasion.

"We also have got USA in a friendly but first we have to take care of business in Scotland. It will be a huge night and a fantastic atmosphere.

"Scotland are a good side and they've had a good start to their campaign. They'll be buoyed by their form but we've been very good away from home.

"If we can go there and a get a result, it would be fantastic. A win would be enormous in the way the group is panning out.

"We're in a tough group and our first two fixtures were away, so to be joint-top with Poland gives us a lot of confidence."

Forde's last appearances for his country came in a memorable 1-1 draw with Germany.

He said: "It is up there with the best days of my career – it still doesn't beat Wembley but it was a phenomenal night.

"To go away to to the World Cup champions and get a result in their back garden in the fashion we did was amazing. You couldn't write that stuff.

"It was a huge high for me. It's great we have got seven points on the board and we've got a great chance now of qualifying for France."

Forde kept his place in Martin O'Neill's side despite the return of Shay Given to the squad.

"It's fantastic that the manager has shown his faith in me and kept me in the side," said the Millwall stopper.

"But I've nothing to prove to Ireland or anyone anymore – I've got great peace of mind.

"I've got great confidence in my own ability and that's why I'm playing well."

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10 thoughts on “Forde eyes "enormous" Ireland win over Scotland in qualifier

  • November 12, 2014 at 17:28
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    Sweatys & Shermans. Hope u beat the pair of em. Them help us to beat the annaraks.

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  • November 12, 2014 at 20:46
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    It's not England so I couldn't give a t***.

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    • November 12, 2014 at 22:30
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      @Geoff the lion: Yep, he may as well be talking about money tennis.

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      • November 12, 2014 at 22:30
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        @lion.ie: or even monkey tennis

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  • November 13, 2014 at 07:59
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    I bet when he's playing for the paddys he has another blinder getting down sharp to he's left and right, quick off he's line ect, f@@king unlike when playing for us.

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  • November 13, 2014 at 11:24
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    Sorry Fordey, being a Jock i hope you have a stinker.

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    • November 13, 2014 at 11:33
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      @Norfolkwall: this match is just a kickabout then we got a proper international team playing..come on england

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      • November 13, 2014 at 12:32
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        Ha Ha, England maybe better than Scotland but the margin is not as big as it was.

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  • November 13, 2014 at 17:46
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    Good luck Fordey - I hope you do Millwall and Ireland proud.

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