Saints pair are in U/21 squads

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

ST JOHN­STONE mid­field man Kyle Mcclean, who has re­cently made his top team break­through, has been named in the North­ern Ire­land U/21 squad to face Spain and Iceland in home Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing matches.

They take on Spain on the 22nd of this month and Iceland four days later.

Cen­tral de­fender Ja­son Kerr is in the Scot­land U/21 pool to face An­dorra away on March 23.

Keith Wat­son played for 70 min­utes of last night’s Devel­op­ment League game against Dundee at Mc­di­armid Park.

He may come into con­tention for a start when Saints take on Hibs in the Premier­ship on Fri­day night.

Ja­son Kerr’s ap­peal against his send­ing off in the loss away to Kil­marnock is held later this week.

If it fails, Wat­son, who has spent most of the sea­son on loan at Hartle­pool, could be brought in to face one of his former clubs.

Saints lost 3-0 to Dundee in the Devel­op­ment League.

The Perth men played for most of the sec­ond half with 10 men af­ter Ben Quigley was or­dered off for pulling back Ced­wyn Scott.

Devel­op­ment League side man­ager Alex Cle­land is with­out Danny Jar­dine and Ben Macken­zie who are out on loan just now.

He said of them: “They have been go­ing well.

“Mid­field man Danny is at Stir­ling Al­bion and goal­keeper Ben is at East Fife.

“Ones that we think will need a bet­ter level than the U/20s we put out on loan.

“If we got games like we did against Dundee tonight ev­ery week then we would be fine but we don’t get games like that all the time.

“Some­times the matches are younger games like an U/18s and there is no point play­ing Danny and Ben in these as they are past that.”

St John­stone’s Ja­son Kerr is in the Scot­land U/21 pool.

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