Chiedozie Ogbene expects the Scotland team to make an appearance at Hampden Park on Saturday for Ireland’s Nations League final.
Steve Clarke’s team were defeated in Dublin last June. Ireland easily won 3-0. Thanks to goals from Alan Brown, Troy Parrott and a phenomenal shot from Michael Obafemi.
And Rotherham’s striker Ogbene, who hopes to lead the historic Glasgow pitch on Saturday, is confident Ireland will be ready to react and set their own style in Celtic’s cousin clash.
“If you lose 3-0 you would expect a reaction,” Oxbene told the media on Monday.
“Anyone who loses a game and doesn’t expect a response. You have to rethink what industry you are in.
“I’m sure they will watch the clip and know our strengths. And of course we need other things. Stay in the locker too to force yourself to leave the house.”
Ogbene played for three of four national teams in June. Missed the Scotland game due to injury, however, he continues to perform at club level. Looks very comfortable in the Championship. By being promoted with Rotherham last season.
The former Cork City player has also experienced a change in position with the Millers, playing directly as a striker. By playing in the wing-back position for most of the last season.
And Ogbene believes he has more experience in the attack department. This will give him more opportunities to play a similar role in his country.
“I switched from right wing-back to a striker for the team,” Oxbene said.
“I’m not a striker by birth. I’ve been playing as a wing all my life. And let players like George Kelly and Tom Ives play for me upstairs. The manager obviously believed in me.
“I am learning to be a focal point and a solution for the team. I hope I will keep scoring goals and keep us where we need to be.
“I really enjoyed that position. high up in the field I think my teammates are there. I can be a solution for them if we are under pressure. I enjoyed going backwards and running to the defenders. Running towards the goal, that’s where I want to be.”
Ogbene made an immediate impact with Team Ireland when he made his international debut against Hungary in June 2021; The striker will score 3 goals in his first 6 games on the green. and was in the national team 10 matches in that 15 months
And as he built a reputation for himself in the team He was well aware of the need to constantly impress. without caring about anything and happy to fight for the jersey
“When you go international No one can guarantee the location. You have to fight every day of your life to get a place in this team,” Ogbene said.
“You see players coming and going. I’m quite lucky to be called. the time i get And that’s why you’re here. I enjoy this opportunity
“I see the type of players we have here. I learned from them to bring it back to the club. I try to work twice as hard to get the jersey. in order to be in the team first.”
“I know what to do. but i am very happy The coach kept giving me information. to help me improve the game And that’s what I’m going to do.”
Ogbene continues to have ambitions of playing club football at a higher level. and with the Premier League ambitions that drove him. He took heart, knowing that he had proven his quality internationally. while learning from the top players in the Ireland team.
“It’s the drive I have,” Ogbene said. “I’m sure no player in this building wants to be where they are. Everyone is pushing to the next level like every other player, that’s my focus.
“I want to take it to the next level. and when you come here This is the highest level international football So when I came here and saw the players who used to play in the Premier League. Or in the Premier League, I try to learn from them. Because that’s the destination that I want to go.
“And my family has always been by my side emotionally. Because I know what this industry will be like. It can be overwhelming if you don’t use it the right way. That being said, I’m not trying to get too high. When things are going well and I try not to go too low when things are going bad.”