MILNGAVIE teenager Greg Docherty will follow in the footsteps of Scotland legends Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Craig Brown and George Burley after receiving his call-up to represent Scotland Under-18s in the Centenary Shield.
Greg (15), who attends Douglas Academy and plays for Hamilton Accies, joined up with the Lloyds TSB Scotland Under-18 Schoolboys’ squad over Christmas for training at Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow.
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.
And, while Greg may not play a starring role in the competition as the youngest member of the squad, he can’t wait for the action to get underway as he continues his rise through the footballing ranks.
He said: “I am really excited about part of the squad because I am only 15 and I am the youngest in the squad which is fantastic.
“To be in a squad that is for under-18s at the age of 15 is a big confidence boost for me and I want to repay the faith they have shown in me.
“I was a bit surprised to find out that I had been chosen in the squad because I am so much younger than the rest of the squad but I deserve to be here obviously and I am determined to make the most of it.
“I really don’t think that my age matters and I intend to prove that against the other nations when we play. Even though I am young I still want to be a first team regular – that is my aim.
“When I play I don’t feel like my young age is a negative thing and in fact I don’t think about it at all.
“The one game I am hoping to be a part of is the game in England because that will be the big one that everyone wants to be involved in and the game that we all desperately want to win.”
Former Scotland schoolboy international and one-time Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, who is working with the Lloyds TSB-backed squad this season, said: “I have very fond memories of playing for Scotland as a schoolboy.
“It’s an incredible feeling to represent your country whether at a World Cup or in a schoolboys’ international.
“Being part of the Under-18s Squad will prove a great learning curve for these young boys, not only as players but as individuals. I wish them every success for the campaign ahead.”
Lloyds TSB Scotland, partner of the Scottish Schools’ FA, supports the Scotland U18 schoolboys squad for their 2012 Centenary Shield Campaign.
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CAP FITS . . . Douglas Academy’s Greg Docherty.