EURO 2016: Northern Ireland defender Conor McLaughlin ‘gutted’ to miss next month’s showdown with Greece

Northern Ireland defender Conor McLaughlin
Northern Ireland defender Conor McLaughlin

Conor McLaughlin admits he will be “gutted” when Northern Ireland step out against Greece on October 8.

A booking against Hungary on Monday night has ruled the Fleetwood Town defender out of next month’s crunch Euro qualifier.

McLaughlin has been an ever-present member of Michael O’Neill’s side, having started all eight qualifiers to date.

That stellar run will end next month as the 24-year-old sits out the visit of Greece to Windsor Park, where victory will finally seal Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification.

“I’m so disappointed to be missing next month’s game,” McLaughlin said.

“In the league I play in it probably wouldn’t even be a foul, never mind a yellow card. But I have to realise what I can or can’t get away with at international level.

“I’m gutted to be missing the Greece game having started every game so far but I have to get used to different types of football.”

Also out of next month’s clash with Greece are midfielder Chris Baird and talismanic striker Kyle Lafferty.

“We have to deal with the suspensions. It is the first time we have had this problem during the campaign because our discipline has been so good,” McLaughlin added.

“It’s disappointing and unfortunate that we have three players out for the same game but it will give others a chance.

“I have no doubt the lads can beat Greece and get us to France, but if not, I’m sure we will do it in the final game.”