Belfast Telegraph

O'Neill delighted with goalkeeping options


By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has welcomed healthy competition for the first name on his teamsheet.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell is in impressive form for Leeds United and he's pushing for a starting slot ahead of Motherwell's Trevor Carson and Michael McGovern, who has had limited first team action at Norwich City.

Carson started against Panama and Costa Rica on the Central American summer tour, while 21-year-old Peacock-Farrell made his debut in the second half against Panama. Prior to that, Euro 2016 hero McGovern had been O'Neill's first choice.

"It's not so much a headache but I've got three good goalkeepers so it's a nice problem to have," said O'Neill. "Michael's situation at Norwich hasn't changed a lot but Trevor and Bailey are playing and Bailey is playing in a team at the top end of the Championship. He's had a very good start, four clean sheets in six games that he has played.

"It's a nice problem to have. Too often in the past we have had players not presenting us with this choice."

Northern Ireland host Bosnia-Herzegovina - who, along with Austria, complete League B Group 3 of the inaugural Nations League - on Saturday before entertaining Israel in a friendly on Tuesday.

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