Cadden makes a start for Scotland
Chris Cadden became the first Motherwell player to pull on the national jersey for nearly a decade after picking up two caps on Scotland’s South American tour.
He became the first Steelman to play for Scotland since Steven Saunders picked up his first cap in 2010.
After making a lat e appearance in a 2-0 defeat to Russia- bound Peru, Cadden then played over half an hour of the second half at Mexico’s famous Azteca stadium in front of 71,000 fans.
With Scotland trailing 1-0 to a Giovani Dos Santos strike, the Bellshill lad almost levelled the game but his shot from outside the area was saved.
Reflecting on a first cap for his country, Cadden said: “It’s obviously a moment I’ll never forget. It’s something that my family and I are extremely proud of and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.
“The scoreline was obviously not what we would have wanted, but to have travelled with the first team, got some valuable experience out here in Lima and then to have got my first cap was brilliant.”
Motherwell’s number seven is now hoping he has forced his way into manager Alex McLeish’s plans as he prepares for the forthcoming Nation’s League matches.
“It’s something I want to build on,” he said. “Getting that experience and being around the group has made me determined to build on things from here.”
In the under 21s, Well’s Allan Campbell was again in the starting line up as Scotland took on South Korea at the Toulon Tournament.
The young Scots followed up their brilliant victory over hosts France with a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Oliver Burke and Billy Gilmour.
With France beating Togo 2-0, Scotland ended up topping Group B and sealed automatic qualification for the last four.
Campbell is now gearing up to face England in the semifinals today looking to avenge their loss at the same stage last year against the auld enemy.
Debut Chris Cadden in action for Scotland