SEVERAL southsiders will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Scotland legends Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness after being called up to the Scotland under 18 squad.
Lawrence Shankland (16) who plays for Queens Park, Holyrood Secondary School trio Gary Duggan, Ryan McGeever and Conor McVey and Williamwood High School pupil Matthew Craig are now in training for the Centenary shield.
Scotland will start their campaign at home to Northern Ireland in February, before welcoming Wales to Forfar Athletic’s Station Park in mid-March.
The Scots then face two away trips, with the Republic of Ireland first up, before facing England at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, a game that will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Striker Shankland told The Extra:“I was absolutely chuffed when I found out that I had made the squad because the trials were quite nerve-racking as there was a lot at stake.
“I want to build on this early experience and hopefully this is just the start of bigger things for me”.
Lloyds TSB Scotland, partner of the Scottish Schools’ FA, is delighted to support the Scotland U18 schoolboys’ squad for their 2012 Centenary Shield Campaign. For all the latest squad news, visit scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa.
Meanwhile, it was disappointment for local sides this weekend (writes Collette Cullen) as both Pollok and Queen’s Park suffered defeats.
The spiders were knocked out of the fourth round of the Scottish Cup by a decisive 4-0 home win for Motherwell.
Although Queen’s claimed a narrow margin in the possession stakes they found it difficult to break through the defences of Stuart McAll’s on-form Motherwell side, currently third in the Scottish Premier League.
Despite goalkeeper Neil Parry’s best efforts, he couldn’t stop goals from Omar Daley, Jamie Murphy (2) and Henrik Ojamaa.
Fourth place Queens park will need to find a way to hit the target for their Irn Bru League third division clash with Elgin City at home on Saturday.
Newlandsfield side Lok had a similarly dismal start to the year, with a 3-1 loss to rivals Clydebank.
The usually prolific Iain Diack was unable to convert a number of chances and Stephen Smith was the local side’s only scorer.
The southsiders’ agony was compounded by McGinty’s foolishness six minutes from time, when he picked up a second yellow for simulation.
Pollok will be hoping for a better result when they face Glenaftan away in the second round of the West of Scotland Cup this coming Saturday.