So with Scotland losing to Georgia Group D third spot is all in Ireland’s hands.
Scotland looked like the ones to take the playoff spot when Ireland lost at Celtic Park back in November and then could only manage a disappointing draw here in the capital in June but their loss to Georgia and Germany was enough to now see Ireland in the driving seat.
Ireland will be out to get a point on Thursday, but the real focus will be on Poland, should they beat Scotland well then regardless of what happens anywhere else Ireland will be guaranteed a play off place.
Scotland not only need to worry about themselves but they also need to worry about us, should we get a point from the game and yes I know it’s a big ask but who knows we done it before and let’s be honest Germany too could settle for a point whereas Poland need to beat Scotland to be certain of finishing second in the group.
We can all remember back to John O’Shea’s 94th minute equaliser which sent the island into party mode and gave us hope that we would participate in another major tournament, the same again would do nicely this Thursday as we welcome the world champions to Dublin.
I expect the Aviva Stadium will be a sell out and if ever the boys in green needed the fans behind them it’s for this game. The lads have to be up for this one, seeing Germany’s performance against Scotland I feel a sneaky draw could be on the cards, or rather I am hoping.
Scotland’s fans can only hope of finishing third in Group D. Defeat on Thursday will end their chances of reaching the finals in France. If the Scots do manage a draw their attention will then move to Dublin where they will be hope to see Ireland trashed.
The group could go either way but Ireland need to remember it’s in their hands whether they take that playoff spot or not. Obviously we are depending on Poland here to do us all a favour and take Scotland out of the picture, but as we all know especially with this group anything could happen and that includes Ireland snatching a win, ok maybe not but still we can all hope.