Martin said on Monday that the Irish team struggles to score goals without record scorer Robbie on the pitch.
For all his years and miles on the clock, for all his many critics in some media quarters back home but not in this one, Robbie is still our best chance of a goal.
If you’d said that to him all those years ago in O’Neill’s, he’d have laughed at you.
So let’s hope he leaves the Galaxy far behind and plays in Philadelphia and New Jersey next week and reminds us just why he is still our best player. And maybe even our greatest ever.
(Cathal Dervan is sports editor of the Irish Sun newspaper in Dublin)