First cap beckons for talented teen
Rebecca in national side for schools tourney
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