Mick McCarthy said that he does not have a dilemma regarding Aaron Connolly's selection chances ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland.
The Brighton striker made his international debut on Saturday against Georgia and the manager believes that the teenager is now ready to perform whatever role is asked of him.
The manager also revealed that he had a clean bill of health ahead of the vital game, following Saturday’s draw in Tbilisi.
"That’s the question. I don’t think there is [a dilemma].
"He has made his debut, played a little cameo and he will be feeling comfortable."
Should Connolly start the manager admitted that he would not leave the striker isolated against a three-man Swiss defence, which suggests that McCarthy may be toying with a change of formation ahead of the game.
Either way, McCarthy again kept to the script by stating that he was going to continue what he has done in every game and attempt to go out and win the match.
"I have given considerable amount of thought [to the shape of the team] and I will let you know tomorrow," said McCarthy.
"We will approach the game, as we have before, as if we are trying to win it," said McCarthy.
But McCarthy would not buy into the fact that it is a must-win game for Ireland and would not accept that it was like a cup final, despite Swiss manager Vladimir Petkovic believing that it was.
"We are playing against the best team in the group," said McCarthy, who admitted that he would be happy with a point from the game.
But the manager did offer an insight into his thought process when asked would he go for it if the scores were level after 70 minutes.
"I sincerely hope with 20 minutes to go that it is 0-0 or 1-1, and we can have a go at it."
McCarthy knows that a point for Ireland is not much use, but the manager tried to deflect the attention towards his opposite number saying that there was pressure on the Swiss to win the game.
"They do have to beat us tomorrow night.
"Being the best team before the game and being the best team during the game does not guarantee the points."
And while McCarthy was not giving anything away ahead of tomorrow’s game in terms of team selection or formation, the manager hinted that veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan remained very much in contention when asked whether he was able to play two games in three days.
"If you ask that question to his face he might punch you in the face," said McCarthy.
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