Republic of Ireland fans want Derby star to start v Scotland

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Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick has been voted by many Republic of Ireland fans as a 'must start' in their crucial qualifying match with Scotland on Friday.

Republic of Ireland supporters have called for Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick to start in their match against Scotland on Friday. 

The 22-year-old from Dublin has been in fantastic form recently and has caught the attention of supporters of his home nation. 

In his last game for Derby, the dynamic midfielder hit a fantastic brace to help the Rams to a comfortable 5-0 victory over promotion rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship. 

On the message board www.ybig.ie, Ireland supporters lauded his performance for Derby and his name was constantly brought up in the discussion on who should start against Scotland in their crucial qualifier. 

Reaction:

  • Excellent today and took both his goals very well. He will be at top premiership team within the next two years as he is a step above most players in the championship. O'Neill has to find a way to fit him into the starting 11 preferably in a three man midfield with mccarthy and gibson/whelan sitting with hendirck allowed to get forward and support the forwards.
  • He'll play a big part on Friday. These wont be the last goals he scores this week either!
  • Played very well today. I'd have him in starting lineup for us been very impressed by him since 1st seen him in friendly for us
  • Great game with two decent finishes! Must start on Friday
  • Hendrick is a certain starter. O Neill talks him up constantly. He even got an honourable mention in Keane's book. Dont be surprised to see him as 1st choice for rest of the canpaign, dont mind Friday
  • In a five man midfield, I'd be perfectly happy for him [Hendrick] to start every game. Made a huge difference when he came on against Germany and set up the goal. Great club form too. Him, McCarthy, Gibson, and Hoolohan are all lads I have confidence in when they play.

Hendrick, who would win his 10th cap for Ireland with an appearance against Scotland, will hope the national team coach Martin O'Neill listens to the supporters ahead of the game and does put him in the starting XI. 

Ireland, along with Poland, sit joint top of group D in the qualification round, although many will still expect third-placed Germany to eventually pick up steam and win the group. Therefore, a win for either side is imperative given the position they both sit in. Scotland, who are currently on the same points as Germany - 4 - could move on to the same points tally as the Republic of Ireland - 7 - with a win on Friday night, while Ireland could top the group outright with all three points. 

Hendrick may not be the only Derby player to take to the field either; Richard Keogh and Cyrus Christie are pushing for starts in the Ireland side, while Craig Forsyth, Chris Martin and Johnny Russell could line up for the Scots. 

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