Talented Bearsden footballer Craig Quinn is enjoying a taste of the big time with the Scotland under-18 schoolboys squad.
Quinn and Scotland will head to Dublin at the end of this month knowing victory will see them claim the Centenary Shield.
A draw with Northern Ireland and a 5-1 thrashing of Wales took midfielder Quinn and Scotland to Ewood Park recently to face their English counterparts.
A 1-1 draw ensured England did not lift the trophy and victory against the Republic of Ireland will see Scotland share the shield with the ‘auld enemy’. The Bearsden Academy pupil said: “We are unbeaten in all of the games and I think that shows how quickly we have developed as a side.”
He added: “It’s something else to be turning out for your country and it gives you that extra sense of pride, because you feel responsible.”
This year’s Centenary Shield has been a dramatic turnaround from coach Stewart Taylor’s point of view and he has been thoroughly impressed with Quinn on and off the pitch.
He said: “We have everything to play for.
“We are pretty focussed and looking forward to it”.
The under18 Scotland schoolboys squad is supported by the TSB, who work in partnership with the Scottish Schools’ FA,