The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

SCOT­LAND should trust in the Cham­pi­onship – that is the mes­sage from Ge­orge Boyd, theTar­tan Army’s new­est re­cruit.

Though born in Hert­ford­shire, the 27-year-old qual­i­fies to play for Scot­land through his grand­fa­ther and made his de­but in the 2-0 de­feat to Ser­bia last week.

The for­ward is the lat­est Cham­pi­onship player in the Scot­tish ranks with Black­burn pair Grant Han­ley and Jor­dan Rhodes join­ing Brighton’s Liam Brid­cutt, Birm­ing­ham winger Chris Burke and Black­pool keeper Matt Gilks in Gor­don Stra­chan’s first squad.

Hav­ing failed to make the squad asWales came back to beat the Scots 2-1, Boyd then played the full 90 min­utes against Ser­bia along­side fel­low debu­tant Brid­cutt.

“Liam’s a great lad and he’s been play­ing bril­liantly this sea­son,” said Boyd.“But it’s not just him.There are some good play­ers in the Cham­pi­onship, it’s just a mat­ter of tak­ing a chance on them. So far, I’d say they’ve proved they can play at that level.

“Go­ing away with Scot­land was a good yard­stick for me. I trained with those play­ers and started the match against Ser­bia. I thought I held my own per­fectly well and that gave me the con­fi­dence that I can play in the Pre­mier League.

“To start against Ser­bia was a dream and it was lovely for the fam­ily to watch me. My Gran­dad is from just out­side of Ed­in­burgh orig­i­nally. He lives in Lon­don now but he watched it onTV and he was de­lighted, very proud.”

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