St Mirren midfielder Jamie McGrath is ‘not focused’ on talk around his future as Middlesbrough eye a deal for the Republic of Ireland international.

McGrath scored 17 goals from midfield last season for the Scottish Premiership club and it earned him a spot in Stephen Kenny’s Ireland squad. The St Mirren midfielder will meet Cristiano Ronaldo when the Republic of Ireland meet Portugal on Wednesday but with Deadline Day ongoing, Middlesbrough are keen.

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McGrath is wanted by Middlesbrough. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Neil Warnock’s side want to bring McGrath to Middlesbrough before the end of the transfer window. But for McGrath, he’s all-eyes on a meeting with the Portuguese superstar. The St Mirren playmaker featured in a 0-0 draw with St Johnstone on Sunday amid the English Championship interest.

McGrath said: “Whatever happens will happen. I’m not really focused on it.  I didn’t think Sunday would be my last game for St Mirren. No, not at all. I don’t want to think like that. I just focus on those three points. It’s an amazing achievement for me and my family. Growing up, it was a dream to play for my country.

 

“To be in among it again is amazing. It was an amazing experience the first time round and now we play Portugal on Wednesday night.  The chance to come up against Ronaldo is pretty special. I’m going to relish it and learn as much as I can.  I’m not going to get too high or too low about it.

“It was an amazing achievement in the summer, getting called up, but once you get in you try to stay in.  I want to put my best foot forward on Wednesday night. That’s the goal, try to keep playing well and see what happens.”

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