Sara helps Scots to glory days

Big fu­ture for tal­ented young­ster

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Sports - Michael Tem­lett

An Air­drie young­ster was a Scot­land star as the na­tional un­der-17s chase Euro­pean glory.

Sara McWhirter helped the young Scots qual­ify for the next round of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships af­ter a tough group stage.

The 16-year-old played against Eng­land, Latvia and Slo­vakia as Scot­land made the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing stage in March next year.

De­spite suf­fer­ing a 3-0 de­feat to Eng­land, a 4-0 win over Latvia and a 1-0 vic­tory against Slo­vakia were enough to progress.

Now the tal­ented teen be­lieves the Scots have what it takes to make the show­piece event in Lithua­nia next year.

Sara said: “We have a strong squad and it would be great for us to make it.

“The next qual­i­fy­ing stage will be harder be­cause two teams made it from the last group and only one will make it this time around.

“But we be­lieve we can do it and af­ter the last group we’re all feel­ing con­fi­dent.”

Sara re­cently changed po­si­tion but her ver­sa­til­ity has helped with her place in the squad.

The ded­i­cated young­ster trains with her club, Rangers, at their Auchen­howie fa­cil­ity as well as play­ing for the re­gional side.

But keep­ing busy is ex­actly what Sara wants to do and she said: “One day I would love to play for the senior Scot­land team and hope­fully for a team down in Eng­land too.

“I’m play­ing with Rangers right now but be­tween train­ing and play­ing there and train­ing for the re­gional side at Raven­scraig it means I only have two nights off.

“But I love play­ing. I’m happy to play any­where but I’m usu­ally at cen­tre back.

“I have been moved from cen­tremid be­fore as well but it’s just good to be in­volved with the Scot­land teams.

“I’ve played at un­der- 15 and un­der-16 level and know a few of the other girls in the team be­cause we’ve come through to­gether.”

Sara’s guid­ance teacher, Laura Lit­tle, praised her for her hard work and ad­mits she would love to play against her stu­dent one day.

Laura, from SFA Per­for­mance school Braid­hurst High, said: “I play for Kil­marnock ladies and we could po­ten­tially play each other one day!

“But Sara has done amaz­ingly well and we’re all de­lighted.

“She de­serves it be­cause she’s worked ex­tremely hard and we’re all sup­port­ing her and the team for the next round of qual­i­fy­ing in March be­fore hope­fully mak­ing the fi­nals.”

Goals ga­lore Sara McWhirter

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