St Mirren star Jamie McGrath has opened up on realising a “long-term dream” by becoming a regular part of the Republic of Ireland side – but admits he’s have laughed if you’d told him at the start of the year he’d be playing for his country.

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McGrath joined the Buddies from League of Ireland side Dundalk at the start of 2020 and has become a firm favourite in Paisley with his impressive displays for Jim Goodwin’s side.

Those have caught the eye of rival bosses as well as Ireland manager Stephen Kenny and McGrath now wants to kick on and continue to represent the Emerald Isle in the future having picked up another cap against Qatar.

“It was a long-term dream,” McGrath said. “I probably didn’t expect it to happen as quickly. When I got the nod in the summer, I was over the moon. My aim was to try and stay in the squad and lucky enough I did that.

I just had to keep working hard and hopefully do it at club level and see where that took me.

“If you told me at the start of the year that I’d be here now, I probably would have laughed. But I always had a determination to try and go as far as I could.

“It’s gone well this year, so hopefully it can keep continuing.”

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