The Football League Paper - - FA CUP SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW -

STE­FAN Scougall should have been play­ing to 6,000 people against Hamil­ton Aca­dem­i­cals this weekend.

In­stead, it will be 80,000 at Wem­b­ley and an FA Cup semi-fi­nal against Hull City of the Pre­mier League.

“If you’d told me that at the start of the sea­son, I’d have said you were an ab­so­lute joker,” says the 21-year-old, signed from Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship side Liv­ingston in Jan­uary.

“And now it’s com­ing up, it’s un­be­liev­able. What a feel­ing. If I get the nod to play, I’ll be in dream­land.”

Scougall, who is just 5ft 6ins with the build of a marathon run­ner, has al­ready scored twice in ten in­spi­ra­tional per­for­mances and says his swift adap­ta­tion to English foot­ball has sur­prised even him.

“I didn’t think I’d hit the ground run­ning like this,” said the at­tack­ing mid­fielder.

“It’s been ab­so­lutely first class. Since I’ve come in, all the play­ers and the coach­ing staff have helped me set­tle in and that’s maybe why I’ve done so well.

“I may be small, but I’d never shirk a tackle. I do get up against my man, I do work hard for the team. It’s not just ‘Oh, I don’t want to get in­volved in the rough stuff’.

“I’ll go in for ev­ery 5050 and even if I don’t win, I’ll give it my all. And I’ve got good bal­ance and a low cen­tre of grav­ity so I can stay on my feet.

“This will be the big­gest game I’ve played in with­out doubt.

“I said that against Charl­ton, but now this is a whole new level. I can’t wait to test my­self again.”

TEST: Ste­fan Scougall

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