Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates his team’s victory over Georgia. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Next up: the world champions. This long, fitful journey towards next summer’s European championships in France has been reduced to a grim game of blin(...)

Seamus Coleman goeson a sprint during  Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill believes there is a renewed sense of confidence in the Ireland squad ahead of this evening’s crucial qualifying game against Georgia, b(...)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is hopeful his team can get a result against Germany. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan does not doubt his players’ ability to bounce back from Friday’s shock defeat in Georgia when they face world champions (...)

Seamus Coleman returned to training on Sunday morning ahead of the Georgia game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Seamus Coleman did enough in training at Abbotstown on Sunday morning to stay in contention for a starting place for Ireland against Georgia on Monday(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Shay Given shows his appreciation to the travelling support after the Group D victory over Gibraltar  at Estadio do Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shay Given has warned the Republic of Ireland not to under-estimate resurgent Georgia as the Euro 2016 qualifying game approaches crunch point. The Ge(...)

Scotland’s Shaun Maloney is tackled by   Georgia’s Guram Kashia during the Euro 2016  Group D qualifier in Tbilisi. Photograph:    Nick Potts/PA

Georgia 1 Scotland 0 Scotland’s national team has become so used to harsh realities that another one probably will not be difficult to accept. Defeat (...)

Robbie Keane at the Republic of Ireland press conference on Thursday: he said Ireland must not underestimate Gibraltar. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It would have taken some doing to get through the last few months without realising that it had been 25 years since Italia’ 90. Less celebrated, thoug(...)

 Scotland boss Gordon Strachan  at yesterday’s  media conference. Photograph: Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan senses a healthy “nervous excitement” among his squad and the fans ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia in(...)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says the club do not need to sell central defender  Virgil van Dijk to Southampton. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters/Livepic

Ronny Deila has described Celtic’s Champions League play-off clash with Malmo on Tuesday night as a cup final. The Hoops are 3-2 up from last week’s f(...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)