Belfast Telegraph

Darren Ferguson's fury with NI boss Michael O'Neill over Luke McCullough

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is set to face the wrath of angry Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson for not playing defender Luke McCullough in the recent international friendlies.

Ferguson, son of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex, is demanding answers as to why McCullough was an unused substitute against Wales and Slovenia when he could have been playing for his club in crucial League One relegation battles with Colchester United and Blackpool over the Easter period.

Ferguson claimed that he spoke with O'Neill before the friendly matches about the involvement of 22-year-old McCullough. And now the Doncaster boss is insisting he wants to talk to O'Neill again.

"I find it interesting after the conversation I had with the Northern Ireland manager," Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I think he (McCullough) was one of the only players not to get any minutes. It is not an ideal situation for us or him. I need to have another conversation with Michael O'Neill because I need to find out what happened."

O'Neill is entitled to use whatever players he likes on international duty, though has a history of co-operating with club bosses.

McCullough, who is desperate to make Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 squad, is set to play tomorrow against Rochdale.

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