McCourt ready for his second cap

CELTIC winger Paddy McCourt admits he would be over the moon if he secures his second cap for his country, when Northern Ireland face San Marino in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

The gifted Derry man, who incredibly made his debut against Spain seven years ago, along with ex-Derry City team-mate Niall McGinn are both in Nigel Worthington's squad.

"I am delighted to be back and perhaps I can get a run-out at some stage," he said.

"It has been a long time but I am still only 25, so maybe there will more opportunities for me."

Since his move from the Brandywell to Glasgow, McCourt has picked up a string of injuries but in the last few weeks in particular he has been playing well for the Reserves and came off the bench for Gordon Strachan's men during their 2-1 win over Queen's Park in the Scottish Cup.

"I have always been confident in my own ability and things are going well for me at the moment. Hopefully my injuries are behind me.

"I feel I am a better player than I was six or seven months ago and it was good to get an outing in the Scottish Cup on Saturday."