Crunch match for Dailly duo in Ireland

Dailly twins Robby and Ross McCrorie face a crucial match against the Republic of Ireland today (18 November) as they hope to play for Scotland U19’s.

The pair who are contracted with Rangers at club level have been over in Ireland as part of Scot Gemmill’s squad who are aiming to qualify for next years U19 European Championship.

Only Robby has seen game time so far with brother Ross having to sit on the bench, though he might well get called into start today’s must win game against the hosts.

The Scots started their bid to reach the elite round in Spring in fine fashion on Friday when they defeated Latvia 2-0 with goals coming from Celtic’s Aidan Nesbitt and Chelsea’s Ruben Sammut with Robby keeping a clean sheet in goals.

However, Gemmill’s side were dealt a blow when they lost 1-0 to Slovenia on Sunday afternoon with Robby unable to keep out a header from Dominik Ivkic on 73 minutes.

Defender Zak Jules was sent off late on for the Scots, meaning Ross might now take a place in the starting line up alongside Robby.

The loss means Scotland sit third in the group going into today’s game which kicks off at 3.30 with only the top two going through to the elite round.

Slovenia sit top on six points having also beaten Ireland, with the Irish ahead of the Scots on goals scored having beaten Latvia 3-0 on Sunday.

Robby and Ross were both key members of Scot Gemmill’s squad when he was manager of the U17 national squad with Robby part of the team that reached the European semi finals in Malta in 2014.

At club level, Ross is now captaining the Rangers U20 side and has chipped in with a few goals from his centre back role this season while Robby is battling fellow highly rated keeper Liam Kelly for the goalkeepers jersey.

Last month the pair were both heavily involved in a friendly tournament over in Germany where they beat Mexico 3-1 and enjoyed 2-2 draws against both the USA and the hosts.

Their clubteam mate Ryan Hardie who hails from Stranraer is also a key member of Gemmill’s team and he has already scored two goals for the first team in a win away at Dumbarton last season.

Current manager Mark Warburton is known to have the McCrorie’s and Ryan Hardie very much in his plans for the team.