First cap beckons for tal­ented teen

Re­becca in na­tional side for schools tour­ney

Lennox Herald - - READER TRAVEL - Carla Tal­bot

A foot­ball-mad Dum­bar­ton teenager is set to earn her first cap for Scot­land af­ter be­ing picked to be part of a na­tional schools team.

Re­becca McAl­lis­ter, 13, is set to take on teams from across the UK when she takes part in the Scot­tish Schools tour­na­ment next month.

Her skills on the pitch earned her a spot on the 18-strong na­tional squad, who will travel to Dublin for the foot­ball tour­na­ment.

Re­becca – who is also signed with top Pre­mier­ship team Celtic – spent weeks off the pitch last sum­mer with a bro­ken col­lar bone but is now back to top form.

The Our Lady and St Pa­trick’s pupil even spent last week­end at a foot­ball train­ing camp in Jersey.

And proud mum Kerry McAl­lis­ter said the tal­ented teen was “over the moon” to have made the team this year.

She said: “She didn’t ex­pect to get in this year. She is the youngest so she thought next year would maybe be her year.

“She has been get­ting on so well. She broke her col­lar bone last sum­mer so she didn’t get the chance to progress in a few things, so we’re all re­ally proud of her.

“She was ab­so­lutely over the moon to get picked for the team.

“They’ll head over in April and play against other teams from Ire­land, Wales and Eng­land.

“When she fin­ishes the tour­na­ment she will get her first cap for Scot­land.”

Last Jan­uary, we told you that Re­becca, who be­gan play­ing foot­ball at the age of five, was picked to join Celtic’s girls team.

She was sought out by the Park­head club’s scouts af­ter im­press­ing them with her per­for­mances.

Now one year on, she is still play­ing with Celtic and also with the boys team at her school.

Kerry added: “She is re­ally busy at the mo­ment with all her train­ing but she loves play­ing foot­ball so she’s still re­ally en­joy­ing it.”

Tal­ented Re­becca McAl­lis­ter

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