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Watson’s next mission to keep Rooney quiet

By Graham Luney

Albert Watson has had an outstanding debut season in Linfield colours but his toughest task is ahead of him — he’ll have to mark Wayne Rooney.

The Blues centre-back will be wrestling with the Manchester United favourite when Sir Alex Ferguson’s galaxy of Premier League stars tussle with an Irish League select side at Windsor Park next Tuesday.

Ferguson has pledged to send a strong squad to Windsor Park for Harry Gregg's Testimonial on Tuesday. Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill and Linfield manager David Jeffrey — who unveils his squad today — will be giving instructions to the local lads.

Hoping to find a way past United stopper David de Gea will be Crusaders new boy Gary McCutcheon, Blues hotshot Mark McAllister and Cliftonville’s Chris Scannell. Former Derry City favourites Sean Hargan and Peter Hutton will also feature for the Irish League side.

Ferguson said: “He's (Harry Gregg) a special man, no question about that. Anyone who knows Harry realises they're speaking to a really genuine man so I'm really delighted to be bringing the team over.

“United signed him from Doncaster for about £23,000. When you think of the prices of the players today, it was a bargain obviously. He was a courageous and brave goalkeeper. He had a great career and I remember him playing for Northern Ireland in the World Cup in 1958.

“I always remember that because I think he played with a broken rib in the last couple of games. He had great quality and courage, that all goalkeepers have to have.”

Only 500 tickets are left for the glamour friendly so contact Ticketmaster as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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