Given: Scotland don't have a better squad

09 June 2015 11:44:15 EST
Shay Given has come out of international retirement to join Martin O'Neill's squad.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given says there is little to choose between his side and Scotland ahead of Saturday's clash in Dublin.

The Aston Villa stopper expects the Aviva Stadium clash to be decided on small margins, with a moment of magic likely to swing the game in favour of either nation.

Scotland got the better of Ireland at Celtic Park in November thanks to Shaun Maloney's sublime finish 15 minutes from the end and Given thinks it could be a similar tale this weekend.

"It was a moment of magic that won the game for them in Glasgow. These are the small margins that win and lose you the big games. Hopefully it will be us with the moment of magic on Saturday," Given said.

Scotland enjoy a two-point advantage on their hosts thanks to that victory on home soil and, with games running out in Group D, Martin O'Neill's team desperately need to win in Dublin.

I certainly don't think they have a better squad than us.

Shay Given

Ireland are 1/1 to win the game and Given is confident they can do it.

"The two teams are fairly equal and it will be a case of who plays better on the night. It's a 50-50 game. Both teams are capable of winning it, we just have to make sure it is us.

"I certainly don't think they have a better squad than us," he said.

A Scottish win, currently 1/1, would all but end Ireland's chances of making it to Euro 2016 next summer.

Ireland warmed up for the game against Scotland with a dull, scoreless draw against England in Dublin on Sunday and Given says that game is best forgotten.

"The main thing about Sunday was we got a run-out and everyone came through it okay," he said.

Republic of Ireland are 1/1 to beat Scotland 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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