Stewartfield teenager Robbie Wotherspoon revealed he has carried on a family tradition by being called up to the Scotland under-18 squad for the 2013 Centenary Shield.
The 16-year-old has the chance to follow in uncle Billy Dolan’s footsteps early next year – with Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and Auld Enemy England lying in wait.
But it’s not just former Celtic defender Dolan who had the talent to play professionally in the family; Wotherspoon’s dad Gordon plied his trade for Queen’s Park.
The Duncanrig Secondary School pupil was one of 18 chosen at the final trial at Toryglen and revealed it was a relief to make it through.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet, it’s amazing and my nerves were pretty bad before they called my name,” said Wotherspoon, who has turned out for Motherwell under-20s this season.
“It will be the first time I’ve represented Scotland and I can’t wait to put on that shirt and follow in my uncle’s footsteps.
“Football has always been in the family, my dad [Gordon] played for Queen’s Park and it’s nice to be carrying on that family tradition.
“It’s an honour for me and my family.
Head coach Stewart Taylor, who has been with the Scottish youth set-up since 1991, admits his latest troops have every chance of repeating 2011’s successful campaign.
But he believes the playerswill benefit from their taste of international football whether they lift the 2013 Centenary Shield or not.
He added: “Some of these lads have probably had the chance to turn professional but have declined and chosen to stay in school. We feel it’s only right they get the chance to sample international standard. It contributes vastly to their development, both as footballers and as young men as well.”
Lloyds TSB Scotland, proud partner for the Scottish Schools’ FA, is delighted to support the Scotland U18 schoolboys’ squad for their 2013 Centenary Shield campaign. For all the latest squad news, visit scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa