Conor McGregor toasts Irish hero James McClean after he led his country into the World Cup play-offs with an unlikely win against Wales. The West Brom winger scored the only goal of the game to knock rivals Wales out of the tournament and give Republic of Ireland a real shot of reaching Russia. Proud Irishman McGregor, took to social media to pay tribute to McClean and the team. He posted a picture of himself on a boat, holding a beer in his left hand, with a huge grin on his face and the caption:
Celebrating Ireland into the World Cup playoffs tonight! Congrats to the boys in green, especially young Jimmy McClean.
Ireland will be unseeded in Tuesday’s play-off draw and could end up facing Italy or Portugal over two legs, although manager Martin O’Neill had a message for his side’s potential opponents. Asked if he feared any team, he replied:
I don’t think everybody would want to play us. Do I fear teams in there? Absolutely, every one of them, every single one of them. But I have always feared teams, it’s the best way to be. And then we go out and beat them. I think I speak for a lot of the nations in the play-offs – I don’t think anyone would want to play Italy, I don’t think anyone would want to be playing Portugal – although Portugal might beat Switzerland – and there are about six others I would rather not have. But I am delighted to be in it.