Cardiff City defender Joel Bagan has decided to play for the Republic of Ireland instead of Scotland (Sun).

The 19-year-old has represented Scotland at youth level and has started the season strongly with Cardiff City in the English Championship. He recently signed a new contract until the summer of 2023 with the Welsh side.

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Joel Bagan has impressed at Cardiff City. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

A left-back, Bagan has started all four of Cardiff City’s opening Championship matches, and they are yet to suffer a loss. Bagan has made 13 appearances overall for Cardiff City alongside a loan spell at Notts County.

He is eligible to play for the Scotland U19s and U21s at present but will instead opt to link up with the Republic of Ireland U21s. His younger brother Sam, who plays for QPR, is already in the Irish youth system. Bagan could still change back to Scotland, but that option is only available until he makes a senior appearance at international level.

Left-back will be an extremely tough spot to break into with the Scotland national team. Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and Greg Taylor the current options, while talents like Josh Doig and Aaron Hickey have shown early promise.

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