Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Celtic's cup clash should be a real cracker: Jackie

Published 23/09/2009

Falkirk full-back Jackie McNamara believes both managers' commitment to attacking football will result in a Co-operative Insurance Cup thriller against Celtic tonight.

And McNamara admitted that rising Northern Ireland star Niall McGinn could be a thorn in Falkirk’s side this evening.

McNamara has always been impressed by Celtic manager Tony Mowbray's teams, while Eddie May has set his side up in an attacking formation with two wingers and two strikers.

“I think it will be an exciting game,” McNamara said. “Both teams like to play football.

“Mogga (Mowbray) has done that throughout his career as a manager and I played against his West Brom team when I was at Wolverhampton. They have always been good games to play in.”

The Celtic squad has changed dramatically since McNamara left Parkhead but he knows all about the wingers he will face tonight, with Aiden McGeady and Shaun Maloney now being supplemented by the emerging McGinn.

“There a few boys that are still there from when I was there, but they were young kids at the time,” he said. “There's Shaun, there's Aiden and I've seen a little bit of the young lad McGinn, who looks a good prospect as well.

“Celtic have always been renowned for having wingers and guys to create things.”

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