Everton’s McGeady and Gibson warned over playing time by Ireland boss O'Neill

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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill wants Everton’s Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson playing more minutes before Euro 2016.

Ireland duo Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson have been warned, in quotes carried by the Independent, that they need to be playing regular football ahead of next summer’s European Championship finals.

The Everton midfielders are both considered to be important players for their country and will be hoping to be selected in France after Ireland sealed their tournament place with a 3-1 aggregate win over Bosnia on Monday.

However, both McGeady and Gibson have found playing time under Roberto Martinez hard to come by this season following the Toffees’ solid start to the Premier League campaign.

Gibson has made just one domestic appearance so far while McGeady is yet to feature, and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is concerned that neither player will be at full match fitness come the start of Euro 2016 in June.

There are a number of talented Irish stars vying for a place in O’Neill’s squad, and the former Aston Villa boss has warned McGeady and Gibson that there are no guarantees for players failing to secure regular club football.

O’Neill explained: “I can only choose so many players and fitness does play on your mind. For the likes of Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson, players who haven’t had much playing time for Everton recently.

“We owe an awful lot to Aiden McGeady, his goal in Georgia, his two goals. The one to give us all three points was massive for us. I don’t forget these things but players do need to get time on the field. It’s important for fitness, it’s important for confidence.

“One or two players who have been in or around the squad and who have been excellent in their approach and their loyalty, for want of a better word, we will have some games hopefully coming up in March time.

“I will be making judgements on club form and I’ll be at lots and lots and lots of games and that’s great. It’s important for some players who get an opportunity in March to stake a claim.”

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