‘Let me play’ - Gibson tells Trap

editorial image

Derry’s Republic of Ireland player Darron Gibson is reported to be fuming that boss Giovanni Trappatoni hasn’t started him in a competitive game since the March 2011 Euro qualifier against Macedonia.

The Everton midfielder is said to be looking for assurances that he can expect to feature in the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign after not having had any pitch time during Ireland’s recent Euro 2012 campaign.

The former Derry City player is the player in the Irish squad who finished highest in the Premier League last term playing midfield for Everton.

Although he got the final half hour of the last pre-Euro warm up against Hungary, the Hazelbank man was overlooked by Trappatoni for Paul Green as a substitute in the second tie at the Euros against Spain.

Weekend papers have reported that sources close to Gibson say he’s disillusioned with not having been brought on to play for Ireland during the Euros.

The source said: “It’s not as if the team was winning games. He felt he could contribute but the shame was, he didn’t get a chance.

“Right now, Darron doesn’t know where he stands with Trappatoni. He loves playing for Ireland but the manager doesn’t seem to believe in him.”

Trappatoni has come under increasing criticsm since the team’s dismal performances in Poland and Ukraine and during the tournament faced questions about not having used Derry’s James McClean more often,

As one of the first ten squad members to report for duty on May 15, Gibson spent 35 days in camp at the Euros without being brought on to play.

He is said to be keen to address the situation with the Republic of Ireland boss as soon as possible.