Seamus Coleman hoping Sligo Rovers claim Airtricity Premier Division title

The Donegal native plied his trade for the Bit O'Red between 2006 and 2008 and is hoping his former side pip St Patrick's Athletic to the title
Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman says his old club Sligo Rovers deserve to win the Airtricity Premier Division title.

The Bit O’Red are on the brink of their first league win since 1977, having finished second last season, while playing the most attractive brand of football in the League of Ireland.

The Connacht team need three points from their remaining three games and a win over nearest rivals St Patrick’s Athletic in The Showgrounds on Saturday will get the party started.

Asked if they will see it out, Coleman replied: “Yeah. I think so and I am absolutely delighted about it.

“I still speak to a few of the players. [Sligo defender] Gavin Peers is still a good friend. It’s great, I think that they deserve it. Over the last two years they’ve been very, very good and great for the town.”

Everton’s Coleman, currently of international duty, played with Rovers between 2006 and 2008 before making the move to England.

Coleman, who turns 24 today, added: “They are going well and please God they can see it out now, I think no-one would begrudge them this league title. I think they’ve been good. I’ll be watching, definitely.”

The match is live on RTÉ Two from 15:30 BST.