O'Neill: No guarantees over Gers duo

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill had no qualms about selecting Rangers duo Andy Little and Dean Shiels for Wednesday night's friendly against Finland but will continue to monitor their situation over the course of the season.

Despite the troubled club's demotion to the Irn-Bru Third Division, a host of international players have opted to remain at Ibrox - including Little, who agreed a new deal with Ally McCoist's side in the summer despite their fall from grace, while Shiels left Clydesdale Bank Premier League side Kilmarnock to join the Gers.

Whether or not life in the fourth tier of Scottish football will be enough to sustain Little and Shiels through a difficult World Cup qualifying campaign remains to be seen, and O'Neill said: "Everyone asks: 'Will the level they're playing at prepare them to play internationals?' Well, the reality is they've only played a couple of games so we're not really able to assess that at this minute in time."

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