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Scottish Cup Semi-Final - Aberdeen v Celtic

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Oh good that means he can disappear for weeks at a time to the Africas cup depriving us of his services and come back with tuberculosis, malaria etc  :-[

 

:lolabove:

 

I think its a good thing he's an international. Though I am surprised he started!  :o

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Yep, its great IMO. The more players that we have that earn international caps the better the squad we'll be. Aluko will only become a better player because of it. Besides its not as though we're going to lose any other players to, ooh, say the Scotland squad or anything!

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Oh good that means he can disappear for weeks at a time to the Africas cup depriving us of his services and come back with tuberculosis, malaria etc  :-[

 

C'mon now KGB, that's not all true.  He'd be well looked after and be staying in plush places where he'll be limited to how many diseases he can catch and limited to what trouble he can get into.  It's not as though he's a rig-pig that will be staying in some dodge pot motel and be swatting the flies off his chocolate croissants each morning. :thumbsup:

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I think this boy could be worth a fair wad of cash by the time he leaves.  I would give him a new deal now even if he still has 2 years left on his current one

 

You'd like to hope that the club have thought about this already, though with their track record, I doubt its even on their radar considering he has over 5 months left to go on his contract.  :-\

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C'mon now KGB, that's not all true.  He'd be well looked after and be staying in plush places where he'll be limited to how many diseases he can catch and limited to what trouble he can get into.  It's not as though he's a rig-pig that will be staying in some dodge pot motel and be swatting the flies off his chocolate croissants each morning. :thumbsup:

 

HAHAHAHA. iTS THE FLIES ON THE GIRLIES HE SHOULD WORRY ABOOT!

 

No good on him , national recognition might make him keen to prove himself more ( so hopefully he will gie it max fir us  :thumbsup:)

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How did oor loon get on ?

 

1-1 draw and he was subbed on 60 minutes. Can't find much info on how he played.

 

Report: Rep of Ireland v Nigeria

Published: 29/05/2009

 

Robbie Keane grabbed the equaliser for Republic of Ireland as they warmed up for next week's World Cup qualifier with a 1-1 draw in their friendly against Nigeria.

 

Ireland, who had five of their starting XI making their debuts, fell behind to Michael Enemaro's opener before Keane levelled before the interval at Craven Cottage.

 

It means Giovanni Trapattoni's men head to Bulgaria without breaking their momentum after going unbeaten in qualifiers so far.

 

Trapattoni also has options now after Kevin Foley, Sean St Ledger, Eddie Nolan, Liam Lawrence and Leon Best were among the debutants starting. Keiren Westwood then came on at the break for his first appearance.

 

The Italian wanted to look at these players ahead of the trip to Sofia, where a win will mean a huge stride towards at least a play-off to reach South Africa next year.

 

It was Foley, however, who was at fault for Enemaro's goal on the half-hour mark.

 

Nigeria had hardly threatened seriously, apart from a speculative 40-yard free-kick from Sone Aluko that Shay Given tipped over, but they were ahead slightly against the run of play.

 

Femi Olubayo, on the right, fizzed in a cross first time which Foley should have cleared but Enemaro was a fraction quicker, wrapped his foot around the ball and his finish fizzed past Given.

 

That sprung Ireland into action, with three debutants combining shortly after. Lawrence swung over a free-kick that St Ledger headed back into the danger area, with Best's finish striking the post.

 

Best's partnership with Keane was showing signs of promise, with the Coventry striker latching on to balls through and getting close before he struck the woodwork.

 

Best, however, did not have a part to play in Keane's leveller. It was an eye-pleasing move, starting from Liam Miller's flick around a defender to Keith Andrews.

 

Andrews split the Nigeria defence with his pass, then Ireland's skipper and all-time top scorer did the rest, taking the ball past goalkeeper Austin Ejide and tucking away his finish.

 

Westwood came on for his debut at half-time, with Trapattoni replacing three of his senior players. Given, Keane and Damien Duff made way, with Aiden McGeady and Shane Long the other players introduced.

 

Long almost grabbed a goal seven minutes after the interval when Best chased down Ejide and forced the goalkeeper into a poor clearance. Long measured his lob but Ejide was back in time to palm away.

 

McGeady tried his luck from long range with 20 minutes remaining but his effort swerved wide, then Foley was replaced by Paul McShane.

 

The crowd started a Mexican wave with plenty of time remaining, a sign of the friendly heading towards a draw.

 

Nigeria themselves have a World Cup qualifier against Kenya coming up and players such as Obafemi Martins did not feature, while Joseph Yobo and Mikel John Obi were preparing for the FA Cup final with their clubs.

 

Nsofor Obinna came off the bench for the Africans and went just wide with a drive.

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Glossing over the fact that he'll more than likely come back as a better player...

 

It was kind of tongue in cheek Dave ;D

 

Your right Sheepheid it's not like he'll be visiting the types of place you used to frequent ;);D

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He played wide left and was kinda quiet but I thought that was to be expected really considering he probably only joined up with the squad what 48 hours max beforehand.

 

Fairly quiet but when he did get the ball he didna lose possesion very often and if he did he was back hassling to try and win it back again.

 

The free kick he hit was really unlucky not go in, Given made a great save from it, had it gone in Mulgrew may well have been bumped next season from set pieces  ;D

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