EURO 2016: Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern relishing titanic showdown with Greece at Windsor Park

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern is eagerly anticipating the final push for next summer’s Euro 2016 Finals in France.

Michael O’Neill’s side will entertain Greece at Windsor Park on October 8 with the campaign concluding in Finland three days later.

Northern Ireland sit top of Group F with two fixtures remaining, and know victory against Greece will guarantee their place in next summer’s Euro finals.

“I can’t wait,” Hamilton goalkeeper McGovern said.

“There’s so much excitement back home with the two qualifiers coming up. I can’t wait to meet up with the boys and hopefully get a result.

“We’ve got Greece at home and Finland away and we need two points to qualify assuming Hungary and Rumania win all their games. We’re in a brilliant position – but there’s still a bit of work to do.

“There’s no reason why we can’t go on and finish the job.”

Those two points may – and hopefully will – come in the first fixture when Greece are visitors. They currently sit bottom of Group F but did battle their way to a spirited point against Romania earlier this month.

McGovern admits he is excited about the prospect of a full house and a vibrant atmosphere at Windsor on October 8.

“Windsor Park will be packed for the Greece game – they’ve put extra tickets on sale,” he added.

“It’s not quite finished – the building work’s still getting done. Even though it’s not at full capacity the atmosphere generated by the fans is unbelievable. Hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.

“If we clinch qualification against Greece then I’m sure there will be a right good party afterwards,”

First up for McGovern and Hamilton is the visit of Celtic to New Douglas Park next weekend.

“I can’t wait to face Celtic next week. One of the bonuses about being with Hamilton is that you get to play against Celtic,” he added.

“I’m really looking forward to it – especially with us being at home.

“We beat them last year at Parkhead – it was a magnificent achievement, the first time we’ve done that in 76 years. It’ll take another great performance to do it again – it’s going to be difficult but there’s no reason why not. We need to play at our maximum.”