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Michael O'Neill will share notes with Scots if required

By Julian Taylor

Published 01/06/2015

Helping hand: Michael O’Neill may talk to Gordon Strachan
Helping hand: Michael O’Neill may talk to Gordon Strachan

Michael O'Neill admitted he may be of little use if Scotland boss Gordon Strachan calls for a scouting report ahead of his side's own friendly with Qatar this week.

The Gulf nation will travel to Edinburgh for an Easter Road joust on Friday evening but O'Neill says he learned little about the team during yesterday's 1-1 draw in Crewe.

"It was difficult to carry out analysis on them," he said.

"It was a good test for us. It was good to control so much of the game because their fitness was good. They've had a long training camp.

"They are a work in progress but they have seven years to get a team together, which is a nice position to be in.

"I'm sure when the 2022 World Cup comes around they'll be competitive to say the least.

"What they have is an enthusiasm for the game, an energy. There's a naivety in their game at times but they're competitive.

"They compete and have good athleticism. It will be a good run out for Gordon in terms of what he's looking for from the fixture.

"The game was played at a decent intensity, not walking pace. Sometimes you can be lulled into that and overestimate the performances of your players.

"We knew about the striker Muntari, we'd seen evidence on video. The number eight (Asadalla), you can tell is a good player in terms of how he dealt with the ball.

"They are a team that will continue to improve a lot of their players."

In terms of assisting Strachan ahead of Friday's game, O'Neill added: "We haven't had a single conversation about it, but if he wants to phone me...

"This isn't a qualifying game, it's preparation. Gordon will prepare his team, they know what they need.

"I don't think we'll be giving them a tactical overview on Qatar but if he gives me a call I'll give him what I have."

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