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Man Utd youngster McNair, Liverpool's McLaughlin have Northern Irish football in a positive state - O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was full of praise for a trio of youngsters who were given another opportunity on Wednesday night.

Manchester United's Paddy McNair, Liverpool's Ryan McLaughlin and Doncaster Rovers' Luke McCullough all featured in the 1-0 friendly loss to Scotland at Hampden Park and their performances suggest to O'Neill that there is plenty to look forward to.

"And we basically end up with three under-21 players on the pitch in Paddy McNair, Ryan McLaughlin and Luke McCullough," he said.

"They are just young boys in the infancy of their club careers.

"It possibly shows where we are at the moment. There is a lot more depth to the Scotland squad, but it was great for those lads to get an opportunity to play in this sort of game."

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