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Chicago Fire's Maloney: Scotland's Euro clash with Republic of Ireland will be 'colossal'

Shaun Maloney is bracing himself for an enormous clash between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland later this year.

Scotland's 6-1 win over Gibraltar and Ireland's 1-1 draw with Poland on Sunday has set up a potentially massive Euro2016 qualifying clash between the two nations in Dublin in June.

Chicago Fire midfielder Maloney, who netted a double in Scotland's triumph, is well aware just how much is riding on the Group D fixture as Martin O'Neill's men look to at least gain a play-off qualifier for the UEFA tournament which takes place in France next summer.

"The Ireland game in June will be absolutely colossal. The pressure on both sides will just build as we get closer," said the former Wigan Athletic star.

"We can win it, but we can also lose it if we are not as good as we have been in recent games.

"In the Ireland game and Poland away game, we played well and got results. But look at the England game when we were a little bit off it. The better side defeated us.

"So we have to be very aware of why we have got ourselves into this position and what we need to continue doing."

Scotland currently sit third on the group table with 10 points from five fixtures, two points ahead of fourth-placed Ireland, with Poland and Germany occupying the top two spots.

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