Celtic’s McDonald looking at Ireland game to break duck

Celtic striker Scott McDonald is hoping this Wednesday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland will see him break his international scoring duck.

Celtic striker Scott McDonald is hoping this Wednesday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland will see him break his international scoring duck.

The Australian forward has made 13 senior level appearances in the green and gold but has failed to score.

There has been much talk of this fact in the media, especially recently, as the barren run increases but McDonald knows a goal will come soon and would love to do it next door to where he plays his club football.

"It would be nice to do it against Ireland - a country that's pretty close to the club that I play for," McDonald said.

"There's a lot of history with Celtic Football Club so I'm sure there'll be a good crowd out there on Wednesday as well and I'm looking forward to it."

The 25-year old said he would prefer to play in a different role to the one he takes up for Australia but was happy doing what he had to for his country.

"I've stated on numerous occasions I much prefer to play with a second striker further forward and with whoever it is behind, Timmy [Cahill] or whoever," McDonald added.

The Socceroos take on the Republic of Ireland in an international friendly at Thomond Park, Limerick, on Wednesday August 12, kick-off at 7:30pm local time (4:30am EST).