He got a yellow card but he feared it was going to be more.
With half an hour gone at the Aviva on Saturday, James McCarthy rose to challenge for a ball with Scotland centre back Russell Martin. McCarthy clipped the Scot with his elbow and was booked by the referee.
Russell Martin told the BBC that McCarthy acknowledged it could have been a red card.
Russell Martin tells BBC that James McCarthy confessed to him after match the he thought he would be sent off for the elbow. #IREvSCO
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) June 13, 2015
After the game, Eamon Dunphy ripped into McCarthy saying that he "never produces a real performance for Ireland".