A TALENTED young footballer – and Herald paperboy – is set to make his international debut after a whirlwind year of success on the pitch.
Lee Davison (17), from Bishopbriggs, started 2012 playing for his local club Rossvale FC.
Just 12 short months later he’s set to follow in the footsteps of his Scotland footballing heroes.
In the summer the midfielder was spotted by Queen’s Park scouts and, after taking the club’s under-19s by storm, he was invited to national trials at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow.
The Bishopbriggs Academy pupil impressed so much he has been selected to be part of the 18-strong squad that will take on Northern Ireland, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and England in the Centenary Shield – to be played in grounds across the UK from February to April.
There will be added pressure on the Scotland team as they are defending champions following a memorable joint win with Northern Ireland last year.
Lee, who delivers the Bishopbriggs Herald in his spare time, said: “It’s been a massive year for me, reflecting back on it. Getting into Queen’s Park was great and even getting called up for the trials was a privilege in itself.
“Getting into the squad is unbelievable.
“I can’t wait to play now. I feel so proud of myself. I watch the Centenary Shield every year on Sky Sports and I always sit and wonder if I could make it one year.
“Thinking about it, it’s quite weird that I’m in the squad that I’ve been watching for the past few years.
“I was really happy with my performance in the trials. I was pretty nervous going into it because it was the last trial and when you think of it before the game you do get quite anxious.
“But it’s a big achievement. I was confident that I’d played well because I’d given my all.”
For all the latest news about Scotland’s Centenary Shield campaign, which is supported by Lloyds TSB Scotland, go to www.scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa
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