KENNY GETS THE CALL FOR SCOTLAND
Former Cathkin High pupil in national squad
Cambuslang man Kenny McLean spoke of his delight after he was named in the Scotland squad for next week’s friendly clash against the Czech Republic.
The 24-year-old Aberdeen midfielder is hoping to claim his first senior cap for his country when he travels to Prague on Thursday, March 24.
McLean has already represented Scotland at under 19 and 21 level but was grateful of manager Gordon Strachan’s decision to include him in the 16-man squad.
The former Cathkin High pupil spoke exclusively to the Reformer this week on how he was feeling about one of the biggest moments of his career.
He said: “I heard about it the day before but it was never confirmed until the squad was actually announced. I was training when it was confirmed and when you see that, you are privileged.
“It’s great for myself being in the squad and going to Prague, hopefully I’ll get some game time.
“I’m obviously very happy with the call-up. It’s a big moment for anybody to get called up for their country so it’s nice to see the hard work I’ve been doing throughout the season has been paying off.
“It’s something that I’m looking forward to and I’ll enjoy it I’m sure.”
Having already played for his country at different age groups, McLean has come across some of the players who were also included in the two squads Strachan had picked for the friendlys against the Czech Republic and Denmark.
But McLean was first to admit that he did not know many of his new Scotland team mates who will join him in the Stadion Letnà next week.
He added: “I don’t know too many of the boys in the squad. I’ve obviously played against a few of them.
“Tony Watt is in my squad and I played with him in the Under 21s as well as Andy Robertson who I’ve played with.
“I’m sure I’ll get to know more of the boys.
“I’ve never had a conversation with the manager or came across him but I’ll be looking forward to meeting him and seeing what they do at this level.
“I’m very grateful for Gordon giving me the call-up.”
The former St Mirren man has helped his Aberdeen side in their pursuit for the Scottish Premier League title who currently sit a point behind leaders Celtic with eight games remaining.
He has played in every one of the Dons’ league games this season including Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock to keep them in the chase at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
McLean said: “I think the belief has got to be there when you are sitting a point off the top of the league. It’s nowhere near impossible and it’s very much on.
“We are confident we can go from now until the end of the season and win the majority of games, if not all of them.
“We will take it game by game just now but we can definitely push Celtic all the way that’s for sure.
“The game against Motherwell this weekend will be similar to Saturday’s. They won’t make it easy for us.
“They’re fighting for every point and pushing for the top six which is great for them considering the position that they were in.
“We’ll be confident and looking to take three points but it’s going to be tough and at this stage in the season it’s all about grinding results out.”
Call-up Kenny McLean