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Special night ahead for Murray

Shamrock captain Dan Murray will lead his side out against Tottenham on Thursday night - the team he has always supported.

Cambridge-born Murray, 29, has been a Spurs fan since he was a child, but does not expect any favours from his idols when the first whistle blows in Thursday night`s Europa League encounter. Murray started his career at Peterborough, but after only a handful of appearances in three years he moved to Cork City before joining the Hoops in 2010.

And while the Shamrock skipper may not get to many Spurs games these days, he remains loyal to his childhood heroes. He said: "I wouldn't say I'm a die-hard supporter, but whenever I'm asked if I follow a football team it would be Spurs."

He added: "My family always followed Tottenham and it went from their really - that was the team everyone supported in my family. I was always a fan and if I had to name one (player I liked) I'd have to say Gary Lineker."

Despite his affiliation, Murray knows his side are in for a tough ride.

He does, however, believe their qualifying win over Partizan Belgrade will stand them in good stead at White Hart Lane.

"Winning out in Belgrade has given us more confidence away from home because of the teams we have played," he said.

"We have set up to stop teams playing rather than going out to beat them so we have a better knowledge of the game when it comes to stopping teams and hitting them on the counter attack.

"It (the game against Tottenham) will be a great test. You don't get these chances very often.

"Obviously we are a bit wary of it because they have international players but we are looking forward to it."

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