LIAM SCALES and Mikey Johnston couldn’t prevent the Netherlands overcoming the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Amsterdam last night.
Stephen Kenny’s side’s dismal Euro 24 qualifying campaign came to a halt with Burnley’s on-loan Hoffenheim striker Wout Weghorst claiming the winner in the 12th minute.
The Irish manager is under pressure after guiding his nation to only six wins in 29 competitive games and, almost inevitably, former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been linked with the post.
NO JOY…Mikey Johnston couldn’t turn the fortunes of his adopted country in Amsterdam.
Born-again Hoops defender Scales was in at the start and winger Johnston joined the action in the 77th minute when he replaced Matt Doherty.
Ex-Celtic loan man Shane Duffy, once the lynchpin of the Irish team, remained on the substitutes’ bench throughout. The bid for a place in the Finals had ended earlier in the tournament.
As a result, the Dutch secured second place in Group B behind France, who put 14 without reply past Gibraltar to set a record in the competition.