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Northern Ireland learn Nations League fixture dates as Paddy McNair linked with Celtic move

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NI ace Paddy McNair. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

NI ace Paddy McNair. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

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NI ace Paddy McNair. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

After discovering who they will play in the 2022-23 Uefa Nations League, Northern Ireland now know when they will play them in their bid to earn a European Championship play-off place.

Ian Baraclough’s side will begin their Group C2 campaign at home to Greece on Thursday, June 2 and will conclude the schedule away to the same opponents on Tuesday, September 27.

Due to the World Cup in Qatar, Northern Ireland will begin their group with four straight games in June, following up their hosting of Greece with games away to Cyprus/Estonia (Sunday, June 5) and Kosovo (Thursday, June 9), before hosting Cyprus/Estonia (Sunday, June 12).

The campaign concludes with Baraclough and co welcoming Kosovo to Windsor Park on Saturday, September 24, three days before rounding things off in Greece.

Cyprus and Estonia will face-off in a play-off in March to determine which team will be promoted to League C and therefore join Northern Ireland in Group 2 to round out the pool.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has played down speculation linking Northern Ireland midfielder Paddy McNair with Celtic.

It’s been reported that the Ballyclare man was surprisingly on the Parkhead radar with interest also coming from West Ham.

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However, Boro boss Wilder said: “We don’t have to fight hard to keep hold of him really because he’s our player and he understands where we are trying to get to.

“Until I get a phone call, which I haven’t, everybody is here and fighting to get into the team and producing good performances.”

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