Scotland vs. Ireland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 14, 2014

WARSAW, POLAND - OCTOBER 14:  Shaun Maloney of Scotland (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying match between Poland and Scotland on October 14, 2014 on the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
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Martin O'Neill returns to Celtic Park this Friday in a bid to see his Republic of Ireland side maintain their unbeaten Euro 2016 qualification run, with Scotland promising to be inhospitable hosts.

The former Celtic boss succeeded in clinching a draw away to Germany in his side's most recent outing. However, his first competitive match back at the Glasgow ground must be devoid of sentiment if their 100 percent streak is to be preserved.

Gordon Strachan's men currently sit three points and two places below the Irish in Group D and are sure to see Friday's encounter as a must-win meeting against one of their fiercer rivals. Read on for viewing information and must-watch names for the European tie.

Date: Friday, November 14

Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK, subscription required)

TV Info: Sky Sports 5 (UK, red button)

Key Players to Watch

Scotland: Steven Naismith

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Steven Naismith of Everton celebrates as he scores their third goal during the UEFA Europa League Group H match between Everton FC and LOSC Lille at Goodison Park on November 6, 2014 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo
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Steven Naismith is one of only five outfield players to have started in all three of Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifiers so far, capitalising on his improved club form with country, too.

The attacker has become a more integral part of Roberto Martinez's setup at Everton, and the club's official website quoted Strachan as speaking highly of a talent who has been crucial in recent international outings:

I think Steven is a treat for a manager because, when you pick him, you know fine well what you are going to get. He might not always be magnificent but he's workman-like with a touch of class at times. Whatever happens during a game, he is never going to be hiding. You are always going to see him one way or another.

The manager went on to detail the advantage of Naismith's versatility, but it's in leading the line that Naismith has thrived for the Scots of late.

Should Steven Fletcher partner the 28-year-old on Friday, he promises to give the Irish back line a task in tracking his movement, having shown with his goal in the 2-2 draw against Poland what an energetic outlet he provides.

However, should Strachan opt to utilise Naismith as the main central figure, he can be of equal worth while allowing Scotland to beef up their midfield. It's in his hands that much of the hosts' success going forward will rest.

Republic of Ireland: Aiden McGeady

POZNAN, POLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Aiden McGeady of Ireland (L) fights for the ball with Piotr Cwielong of Poland during the International friendly match between Poland and Ireland at the Inea Stadium on November 19, 2013 in Poznan, Poland.  (Photo by Adam Nur
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Keeping with the Goodison Park theme, it's another Toffees attacker, Aiden McGeady, who has the potential to tip things in favour of the visiting side this week.

McGeady's contribution is particularly pertinent following comments from ex-Scotland international Gordon McQueen. McQueen was this week quoted by the Daily Mail as saying he hopes Scottish-born McGeady and fellow Republic representative James McCarthy receive horrible receptions in Glasgow:

Will it be hard for them coming back here with Ireland? I really hope so. I hope they get a horrible reception because they deserve it. You’re either Scottish or you’re not Scottish - and you should know that by the time you’re 12 years of age. I’m sure somebody must have asked them to play for Scotland at some stage.

But, you’re born in Glasgow but then you go and play for somebody else? I hate that! What’s that all about? I’m not having that at all. I’ve got no time for these players.

McQueen's comments would argue against any notion of dual nationality, which, as ESPN's Miguel Delaney pointed out, is something of an outdated view:

All controversies aside, McGeady has the propensity to be devastating when at his optimum, as evidenced by his brace of goals in the 2-1 defeat of Georgia two months ago.

Should he go missing, however, as can sometimes be the case, the winger risks leaving his full-back open to exploitation, with the likes of Ikechi Anya and James Morrison only too happy to capitalise on any mistakes.

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