Wolves loanee Connor Ronan is still awaiting his first Republic of Ireland senior call-up.
Uncapped Ronan was tipped for international recognition in the not too distant future by his loan manager Jim Goodwin, at St Mirren.
He said: “I’m delighted to be doing my bit for the international team back home as well. If Connor keeps on putting in displays like that Stephen Kenny will have a decision to make about him as well.”
Kenny has made his decision and he explained it at the press conference where he announced the squad.
“I’m a big fan of Connor,” he said. “He did well in Slovakia, he had a quieter spell in Switzerland. He had the guts to go on loan in Slovakia and have an impact, and he did brilliantly.
“Obviously he was in the under-21 team then and did brilliantly. His spell in Switzerland was okay, just. And he did his metatarsal, which was unfortunate.
“He’s come back and gone on loan to St Mirren and he’s only played a couple of games. So he’s not close to the squad now, he needs a sustained period of games under his belt.
“It was great to see him score two goals last week, but other players were close … who are emerging and hopefully continue to do well.”
As Kenny said, the key for Ronan is to stay fit and then put a run of good performances together.
If he does that, international recognition will follow naturally.
That would be a real boost and proof of what the midfielder can achieve when he’s at full fitness and playing well.
He’s obviously on the radar but has plenty to do to actually get into the senior setup.
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