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A young Bearsden footballer has had an award winning season on the American soccer circuit after his decision to jump across the pond.

Former Bearsden Academy pupil Jordan Wilson was initially a Rangers defender for their youth team, before making the bold decision to leave Murray Park behind and instead take up a scholarship offer at the University of Kentucky.

The 19-year-old won two awards this season to add to his collection - first-team All-C-USA selection and C-USA Defensive Player of the week.

After being selected in the NSCAA All-Region team, he is now in with a shout of being named in the NSCAA All-America team.

Despite a decorated career in Scotland - which included playing for Rangers u17s, u19s and reserves, as well as for the national U17 team - Jordan has been impressed with the level of football.

He said: “The standard is very similar to what I played against back home. There are some really good teams here.”

Jordan earned his place thanks to ex-footballer Andrew Kean, a friend of Jordan’s uncle, former Rangers reserve coach Tommy Wilson.

Andrew, founder of FirstPoint USA, a Glasgow-based company which specialises in sports management, said:“As expected, Jordan has been a standout performer. He has a bright future ahead of him.”