Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni set to attend Airtricity League opener - report

The Boys in Green coach is set to run the rule over the Irish domestic game after his squad announcement on Friday March 8, when he attends league opener
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is set to attend the opening game of the Airtricity Premier Division season between St Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda United, according to a report in the Irish Examiner.

The Italian tactician will be in Dublin on March 8 to name his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria and is expected to attend the Airtricity Premier Division clash between the two sides later that evening.

Trapattoni had previously played down the importance of attending games in Ireland, pointing out that the majority of his squad played in the Premier League and Championship in England.

Nevertheless, the game between St Pat's and Drogheda at Richmond Park presents an opportunity for the Boys in Green coach to run the rule over players plying their trade in Ireland's top domestic competition.

St Patrick's Athletic player Chris Forrester received international recognition in February when he was called up to Noel King's under-21 squad after impressing for his club during the course of the 2012 season, which culminated in his winning of the PFAI Young Player of the Year award.

Seven of the players included in Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad for the 2-0 friendly victory against Poland on February 6 graduated from the Airtricity League.

Meanwhile, Airtricity Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers have completed the signing of Kieran Djilali on a one-year deal.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has previously had spells at Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon, was unveiled to Bit O'Red supporters at half time during their 5-0 Setanta Sports Cup victory over Glentoran on Monday, March 4.