Scotland call-up for Ton youth

Published: 25 Jan 2013 11:000 comments

A MORTON reserve player has been selected to represent Scotland at under-18 schoolboy level, the Tele can reveal.

MORTON reserve midfielder Declan McDaid has been selected to represent Scotland at under-18 schoolboy level, the Tele can reveal.

The wideman, who is right-footed but can play on either side, attended a series of trials at Toryglen Regional Football Centre in Glasgow last year but missed out on the original 18-man squad. However, he was contacted again at the beginning of this week and invited to join up with the group for a friendly against Stirling Albion's Under-19 side at Forthbank on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, a sixth year pupil at Dunoon Grammar School, will now link up with the young Scots again to compete in the 2013 Centenary Shield.

Stewart Taylor's squad kick-off the tournament against Northern Ireland in Dungannon on Friday 22 February. Then, in March, they travel to Wales and host the Republic of Ireland in Fraserburgh before facing England in their final game - which will be played in Perth on Friday 12 April.

The call-up is another significant milestone in Ton youth-team graduate McDaid's fledgling Cappielow career.

He was the subject of a verbal transfer bid of £35,000 from Celtic in March 2011 and scored in a Renfrewshire Cup semi-final win against Carlton YMCA at just 15 years old.

His goal and performance earned him a place on Allan Moore's first-team bench for the final game of the 2010/11 season against Stirling Albion. Impressive displays in David Hopkin's reserve side saw him twice named as a substitute by Moore this season.

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