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Luke With Split Loyalties

21 March 2016

International hopes to return from Northern Ireland call up with Rovers out of relegation zone.

Luke McCullough will keep one eye on Doncaster while representing his country this week in an international friendly.

The 22 year old will miss Rovers’ crunch trip to Colchester on Good Friday having been part of the Northern Ireland squad to face Wales the previous evening in Cardiff.

“It’s always brilliant to get called up, obviously this one's a little different because I’m leaving Rovers behind for one game,” he said.

“There’s a tournament in the summer and I want to go and show what I can do, the priority is here though and keeping us in the league before I start thinking about the summer.”

McCullough was deployed as a deep lying midfielder in the “devastating” 2-1 loss to Peterborough United at the weekend and, though he believes his strongest position is in the back line, he felt Rovers can take heart from an improved performance.

“I do like playing midfield, I’ll play anywhere, I don’t mind. I’ll do it to the best of my ability,” said McCullough.

“I still think my best position is centre half but I do enjoy midfield and seeing more of the ball in a more advanced position.

“It (the Peterborough defeat) was different from previous games, we were on top for most of it and deserved to go and win it.

“We have to use that going in to the next games, build on it, and take the positives. I know we say it every week and it might be getting a bit repetitive but it’s true more than ever I suppose.

“It feels like every week we come in and say the same things but we felt that this was different and we did deserve the win.

“Every game is a must win game for us, we can’t be going in to certain games thinking we can’t win them.”





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