TWO of Scotland’s top sports stars – born and bred in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs – are ready to do the business.
Rugby star Alastair Kellock has been confirmed as Scotland captain for the 2011 World Cup while Rangers ace Gregg Wylde (pictured) has signed a five-year deal with the Scottish champions and has been called up for Scotland Under-21s.
Kellock’s former rugby club have spoken of their pride at his continued success.
Kellock and Scotland start the World Cup in New Zealand against Romania on September 10.
Iain Smith, president of Allan Glen’s where Kellock began at 14 and then made the first XV at just 17, says the whole club are delighted.
Iain said: “You can’t do much better than to captain your country at a World Cup. It’s wonderful and a real inspiration to all the kids here.
“He still comes down to the club and often takes coaching sessions for the youngsters – who absolutely love him – and occasionally the seniors, to whom he is very much a pal.
“His dad, Stuart, is still the club fixture secretary.”
The Glasgow Warriors lock and former Bishopbriggs High pupil said: “I intend to do my utmost to reward the coaches’ faith in me and make the country proud by what we achieve in New Zealand.”
Meanwhile, Gregg Wylde says he is delighted after agreeing a five-year contract at Rangers.
The 20-year-old former Kirkintilloch High pupil admits that after months of speculation over his future, he’s relieved to be able to fully concentrate on what he loves best – playing football.
Gregg, who scored his first goal for the Ibrox club in the recent 3-0 win at Motherwell, said: “I’m delighted to have signed and it’s a weight off my mind.
“There were a few clubs interested and the bid from Bolton was rejected, but I told the club I didn’t want to move – I wanted to stay.”
Wylde is set to feature in Scotland’s European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Bulgaria on Monday, September 5 – kick-off 7.30pm at St Mirren Park, Paisley. The game costs £5 (adult), £2 (child).