Rising star

A TEENAGE footballer is keeping his talented feet on the ground after winning his first major award.

Gregg Wylde was named Clydesdale Bank 'Rising Star' of the month following a series of scintillating displays for Glasgow Rangers under-19 team.

The 17-year-old left-back from Kirkintilloch has impressed coaches and fellow players with his solid defending and rampaging runs up the wing.

Gregg said: "I was really shocked when I was told as full-backs don't usually win awards like this.

"But the other boys have said I deserve it because I've been playing really well recently. I've scored a few goals and have enjoyed what I've been doing on the park.

"The coaches have been brilliant and encouraged me to get forward which is great as I look up to defenders like Alan Hutton at Tottenham Hotspur and Patrice Evra at Manchester United.

"I'm not getting carried away though as I'm still young. I've trained twice with the first team now which is brilliant but I'll just keep on training hard and see what happens."

Gregg's dad, Gordon, had a successful football career, playing for East Stirlingshire, Kilmarnock, Queen of the South and Clyde before managing East Stirlingshire between 2006 and 2008.

He said: "Gregg is absolutely delighted with the award and really deserves it.

"There are a lot of fantastic young players all over Scotland so he is really overwhelmed to be recognised in this way.

"But he puts in so much hard work. His dedication to football is brilliant and we are all really proud of him."