Rangers and Motherwell make Northern Ireland squad for double game

Motherwell midfielder Liam Donnelly is back in the Northern Ireland squad after his recent run at Fir Park.

The defensive fighter joins Rangers veteran Steven Davis in former Well boss Ian Baraclough’s engine room and there is also room for Dundee’s Niall McGinn and Aberdeen’s Matty Kennedy.

Donnelly returns to his international team for the first time since September 2021.

Northern Ireland will face Luxembourg in a friendly on March 25 and return to Windsor Park for a friendly against Hungary on March 29.

The Northern Irishman from Well has started the last five Premiership games and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat to Hibs.

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Guardians – Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Burnley), Conor Hazard (HJK Helsinki, on loan from Celtic), Luke Southwood (Reading).

Defenders – Craig Cathcart (Watford), Shane Ferguson (Rotherham United), Daniel Ballard (Millwall, on loan from Arsenal), Tom Flanagan (Shrewsbury Town), Ciaron Brown (Oxford United, on loan from Cardiff City), Conor Bradley (Liverpool), Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough), Trai Hume (Sunderland).

Midfielders – Steven Davis (Rangers), Niall McGinn (Dundee), Corry Evans (Sunderland), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), George Saville (Millwall), Jordan Thompson (Stoke City), Alistair McCann (Preston North End), Patrick Lane ( Fleetwood Town), Matthew Kennedy (Aberdeen), Liam Donnelly (Motherwell).

Attackers – Josh Magennis (Wigan Athletic), Gavin Whyte (Oxford United, on loan from Cardiff City), Dion Charles (Bolton Wanderers), Shayne Lavery (Blackpool).

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