O'Neill forced to Twigg Hoops line-up
Shamrock Rovers have been dealt a blow ahead of their Europa League clash with PAOK Salonika after star striker Gary Twigg was ruled out of contention.
The Scottish-born marksman is suffering with a hamstring problem and will more than likely be replaced in a thankless lone frontman role by Karl Sheppard against the Greek side, as the Hoops look likely to replicate the ultra-defensive formation showcased in the competition so far.
Michael O’Neill’s side are pointless (in the numerical sense) in Group A so far, but a shock win tonight would elevate them above PAOK in the table.
Hoops fans will be hoping that a planned protest at the game by opposition supporters over impending austerity measures in Greece, a country even worse off than our own, will distract PAOK and allow Rovers to take advantage.
Kick-off in Salonika is at 8.05pm. The game is live on 3e from 7.30pm.
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