McCann geared up for key matches

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Northern Ireland midfielder Grant McCann is hoping to chalk up a notable hat-trick in the next fortnight.

He aims to boost the province's World Cup qualifying campaign with victories against Poland on Saturday and Slovenia on Wednesday, both at Windsor Park. Then on Sunday week McCann has a date at Wembley with Scunthorpe who face Luton in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

He said: "Hopefully it will be a good couple of weeks for me at international and club level."

McCann, 28, has worked his way back into manager Nigel Worthington's plans after moving 14 months ago to Scunthorpe from Barnsley, where he was in and out of the side.

He is looking to retain his place in the team after scoring in the 3-0 victory against San Marino last month.

McCann said: "I was not selected in Nigel's first couple of games. It was probably my lack of match sharpness that counted against me.

"I was playing one game there, one game here, so I decided to go to Scunthorpe and have been involved every week.

"I am the sort of person that needs to be playing and I am enjoying myself again.

"It is a family club and I like Nigel Adkins. It is half the battle when you get on with the manager."

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