Preston captain Alan Browne excelled for Ireland on Saturday night, giving a glimpse to Ryan Lowe of his ability as a right wing back.

Browne is one of a select number of Preston players currently away on international duty rather than sunning himself on holiday.

The Preston captain had a gruelling season anyway with 39 league appearances for North End.

Add in in his international commitments and Browne has been racking up the minutes for club and country.

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Preston captain Alan Browne excelled for Ireland

On Saturday night, Browne started as a right wing back for Ireland as they hosted Scotland.

Ireland really needed a positive result after defeats to Armenia and Ukraine.

They certainly got that, hammering Scotland 3-0 in a comprehensive victory.

Browne opened the scoring, bundling home a somewhat scruffy close-range finish but you’ve got to be there to score them.

Troy Parrott made it 2-0 before Michael Obafemi lashed in a third.

Browne was praised by the Irish media, with Pundit Arena rating him at 8/10 after a ‘brilliant display’. went with 8/10 too, branding Browne ‘excellent on the ball’ whilst helping nullify Liverpool ace Andrew Robertson.

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The Irish Independent handed Browne an 8/10 too, again hailing him for his work against Robertson.

The Irish Mirror and Sports Joe both went with a 7/10 for Browne as he received plenty of credit over in Ireland.

This is particularly interesting given that Preston are desperately seeking a right wing back this summer.

Ironically, the man coming in to solve that problem may be Cyrus Christie – an international teammate of Browne.

Browne has played as a right wing back before at Preston under Alex Neil and we would have liked to see Ryan Lowe try that too.

Giving Browne a right wing back role may allow Ali McCann to get into the side regularly, which many of us would like to see.

Browne’s display against a star like Robertson shows that he can play that role to a high level, and it’s just food for thought for Lowe as he considers his options for next season.

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