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Given still thinks about playing for Donegal

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and Donegal manager Jim McGuinness at the Celtic v Juventus Champions League match in Glagow in Tuesday

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and Donegal manager Jim McGuinness at the Celtic v Juventus Champions League match in Glagow in Tuesday

SHAY GIVEN hasn’t given up on his dream of keeping goal for Donegal’s inter-county footballers.

The Aston Villa netminder was a spectator at Celtic’s last 16 Champions League tie against Juventus on Tuesday night alongside Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

“I’ve gotten to know him through the Donegal football team goalkeeping coach — Pat Shovlin — who said Jim would like to meet up with me at the Juventus game,” Given write in his column in The Sunday Sun.

“So we met up in Glasgow and it was a really good night despite the result against Juventus. I enjoyed his company and we spoke a lot about sport. He’s an intelligent guy who’s really passionate about sport and it was interesting to hear his slant on various things.

“He knows so much, but what struck me about him was that he’s really keen to keep on learning and he took the chance to pick my brain as much as I did his.

“He asked me too did I ever think about playing for Donegal some day. I don’t know if he was serious or joking, it’s hard to tell with Jim. If he was serious, then who knows! As I said to him — ‘never say never’!”

 
 
 

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