Scots call for John
Trinity starlet is picked to play for young Scots
Trinity High pupil makes U18s international squad
A Rutherglen school pupil says he is proud to have been called up to the Scotland squad for their upcoming international matches.
Trinity High teenager John Kelly has been selected for the Schoolboys Under- 18 team, starting with a friendly against Australia before clashes with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the Centenary Shield.
The 16- year- old Partick Thistle defender was scouted by an opposing team’s coach early last year whilst playing for the Lanarkshire school side.
And now John will have the opportunity to pull on the dark blue jersey against the auld enemy in March, a tie which he is very much looking forward to.
“I was playing for my Lanarkshire team against Forth Valley and one of the coaches for them is also part of the Scotland squad,” he told the Reformer.
“He saw me play and invited me along to the trials and that’s how it all started.
“We’ll get to play England at St Mirren Park which will be great experience for me.
“There will be around four or five games to play in so hopefully I’ll get the chance to get on the park.”
He added: “I’m proud to have been picked. This is my first year with Partick Thistle and I have regularly started games this season.”
John was first introduced to the game when his grandfather brought him through the ranks at Wolves Boys Club in Carmyle where he showed signs of his promising ability.
He has since gone on to win honours with Drumsagard Boys Club and Trinity High’s football team.
He was part of the side who won the Under-13 Plate in 2013 and also claimed the school’s Intermediate Sports Personality of the Year award last year.
The centre- back from Tollcross, is in his fifth year at the school and is now the captain for Partick Thistle’s youth academy team, Thistle Weir.
John, who has played over 20 games for The Jags this season, said he was enjoying life at Firhill where he takes inspiration from members of some of the first team.
He added: “I do look up to the professionals at the club. I watch players like Liam Lindsay who is only 21. He’s a defender like me and has more than 50 caps for the club already.
“There’s a bit of speculation of him moving to a club down south. He’s a good role model to have at the club.”
Scotland’s schoolboys kick off their international matches with a friendly against Australia at Renfrew Juniors’ ground on January 25. Their opening game of the Centenary Shield will be against England at St Mirren Park on March 3, before playing away to Wales and Northern Ireland on March 16 and March 31 respectively.
The final fixture of the competition will be at home to Republic of Ireland, at Lesser Hampden on April 6.
We’ll get to play England, which will be great experience for me. I’m proud to have been picked
School triumph John scored for Trinity High in the 2013 Lloyds TSB Scotland U13 Plate in a 4-3 win
Scotland call-up Trinity High and Partick Thistle defender John Kelly