Scots call for John

Trin­ity star­let is picked to play for young Scots

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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