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Niall McGinn

Niall McGinn

Niall McGinn

Niall McGinn has stressed his commitment to Northern Ireland after fans hit out at his revelation that he was an Ireland supporter.

The Celtic winger, 23, apparently made the claim after Tuesday's 5-0 thrashing in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin. He was quoted as saying: "I'm a Republic of Ireland fan and it's obviously good to play against them. I think the only good thing to come out of tonight is that I got Robbie Keane's jersey."

McGinn now admits the timing of those comments was wrong and insists he did not mean to upset Northern Ireland's supporters and he said: "The bottom line is that I was born in Northern Ireland and I chose to play for Northern Ireland so I will always give 100% no matter what. Nothing changes and that's the bottom line."

He added: "I never set out to upset anyone. Maybe it was the wrong time for the comments but at the end of the day I will always give 100% any time I'm called upon and I think I've done that.

"Even when I first came into the squad, the fans were brilliant to me and hopefully that continues."

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