SCOTS CAN FIND LOTS OF CHAMPIONS IN ENGLAND
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.”