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Trapattoni looks to Gibson

11 Aug 2009 20:27:37

Trapattoni looks to Gibson

REPUBLIC of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni has hinted he may start young United midfielder Darron Gibson in their friendly international against Australia in Limerick. The match at Thomond Park is the Republic's last before their World Cup qualifier in Cyprus early next month, so much will be read into the Italian's starting line-up ahead of that key game. Gibson, 21, has just five international caps to his name but after Trapattoni handed him his first Republic start last October his stock has risen for both club and country. In the summer he was handed a new United contract following which Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he expected the midfielder to play a greater role ahead of the new season. Trapattoni is also clearly an admirer and said today he will make a late decision on whether to start Gibson, or instead opt for the experience of 28-year-old Keith Andrews. "I wish to see the new players like Gibson so maybe I will start Gibson for Andrews," he said. "I wish to see the young players grow. Gibson and Andrews are similar players, but Gibson also has another vision. It is important to be strong and he has a strong personality. "It is very important we give him a chance to grow as a player." How highly do you rate Gibson? Have your say.


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