Steven in Champs League chal­lenge

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen foot­baller Steven Saun­ders has set his sights on Euro glory af­ter sign­ing for Welsh cham­pi­ons The New Saints (TNS).

Saun­ders, who has one Scot­land cap, spent most of last sea­son at Dum­bar­ton.

He has now taken the leap of mov­ing to the Welsh league.

TNS won their fifth suc­ces­sive ti­tle last year and will en­ter the Cham­pi­ons League at the first round stage at the end of this month.

They will be seeded for the draw which could pit them against the cham­pi­ons of the Faroe Is­lands, Malta, Ar­me­nia or San Marino.

Steven also may not have too long to make a re­turn to Scot­land. Changes to the Chal­lenge Cup for­mat mean the cham­pi­ons of Wales and North­ern Ire­land can play in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The 25-year-old put pen to pa­per on a two-year deal last week.

For­mer Stonelaw pupil Steven started his ca­reer with Mother­well and went on to win a Scot­land cap in 2010 aged just 19.

Af­ter a string of in­juries he signed for Ross County in 2013 be­fore sign­ing for Dum­bar­ton in Septem­ber last year.

In ac­tion Steven (right) in Dum­bar­ton colours last year

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