Mark Shankland Named in Scotland Squad
Published: 22 Feb 2012 09:30
AFTER being called up to the Scotland under 17′s training camp in Falkirk on February 14 and 15, 16-year-old Mark Shankland impressed coach Ricky Sbragia so much, he included him in the squad to face Serbia next Tuesday, February 28, writes Marc Roseblade.
It's a huge opportunity for the youngster and gives him the chance to cement himself in the squad as they look towards the UEFA Under 17 Championships elite round that will be held in Scotland in March.
This step up in competition will further enhance the player's growing stock and also that of the Academy setup as it builds and grows its
playing development product. We wish Mark all the best for this game and hope to see plenty of supporters turn out at Somerset in support of him as he makes his Scotland debut.
Mark said of the call up, "It's a dream come true to be called up to the Scotland squad. When I found out about it, I was stunned."
"Even after participating in the training camp at the beginning of the week, it still comes as a shock when you actually hear the words confirming that you have been chosen," said the 16 year old.
"It's brilliant that this match is at Somerset Park and I hope the coach sees this as home turf for me and gives me a chance, even to play a few minutes would be fantastic. I don't expect anything from this game and just to be part of the international setup is a great opportunity that I will savour for the rest of my life. Wow - part of the Scotland team! It never gets old saying that" joked Mark.
Mark's biggest supporter, mum Elaine, looked overawed by it all and Said "I feel like Mark's PA after all the phone calls we have received
since the squad was announced, so to come down to Somerset Park to speak to you has given me a break from the bedlam. It's all good though as it's the best type of contact we could get from everyone. Mark was only at the Falkirk training camp on Monday & Tuesday, so this news came through really fast. I really couldn't be any prouder of him."
"I think I am more nervous and excited about the whole thing than Mark is and I really can't wait until the big match now."
Director of the Academy, David Watson said "This is huge for Mark and also the Academy. It shows how good a player he is and we all believe he can make the grade. The fact this upcoming match is at Somerset Park is a bonus as there will be a massive turn out for Mark on what will hopefully be his Scotland international debut.
The game kicks off at 7pm at Somerset Park next Tuesday with the admission £5 for adults, while kids go free.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Ryan Crump (Liverpool), Jordan Hart (Celtic), Liam Kelly (Rangers)
Defenders: Stuart Findlay (Celtic), Ryan Finnie (Hamilton Academical), Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical), Lionel Stone (Brentford), Kyle Turnbull (Falkirk), Stuart Urquhart (Rangers)
Midfielders: Fraser Aird (Rangers), Lewis Kidd (Celtic), Jamie Lindsay (Celtic), Malcolm Melvin (Aston Villa), Darren Petrie (Dundee United), Darren Ramsay (Rangers), Craig Sibbald (Falkirk), Scott Smith (Dundee United), Charlie Telfer (Rangers)
Forwards: Islam Feruz (Chelsea), Ryan Gauld (Dundee United), Denny Johnstone (Celtic), Jack Kirwan (Celtic), Mark Shankland (Ayr United), Cameron Smith (Aberdeen),
Get more stories from our Roundup section
28 Feb 2014 09:30
AN INSPIRED second half comeback from Girvan earned them a replay after this five-times postponed tie finally went ahead at Barrfields Park, Largs on Saturday.
25 Feb 2014 09:30
SATURDAY saw this year's National U17 and U20 Indoor age group championships take place at The Emirates Arena, Glasgow,l, with the U14 and U16 Championships taking place the following day.
24 Feb 2014 15:30 • Sarah Hilley
AN UPMARKET Ayr restaurant owned by entrepreneur Bill Costley has been put up for sale.
24 Feb 2014 09:30
AYR Gents team remain in Division 1 of the Scottish Leagues next season after they failed to overcome an average Abbeyview side in the promotion playoff, going down by 29 shots (63-92). It was a disappointing day for the Ayr club as they failed to take their leagu eforjm
23 Feb 2014 09:30
RIDERS from Ayr Roads Harry Fairbairn BMW-Sprockets.com Cycling Club got 2014 off to a flying start.
21 Feb 2014 09:30
A STUNNING five-goal opening period salvo, which included a double from Joel Champagne, helped Clan overpower Rays in front of more than 2,000 fans on Wednesday to go clear in second spot in the Elite League.
20 Feb 2014 09:30
The team GB British curlers clinched the bronze medal in a play-off with Switzerland
20 Feb 2014 09:30
MEDAL success is guaranteed for gifted Prestwick curler Scott Andrews after he helped Team GB pull off an inspirational victory at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday.
20 Feb 2014 09:30
CHAMPION jockey AP McCoy was in double winning form at Ayr Racecourse last Tuesday, riding the first two winners on the card.
19 Feb 2014 09:30
DETERMINED Ayr United midfielder Craig Malcolm says the Honest Men must put Saturday's "soul-destroying" home defeat against Rangers firmly behind themn and concentrate on ensuring they reach the promotion playoffs.
19 Feb 2014 09:00 • Sarah Hilley
ABOUT 3,200 primary school children will get free school meals in South Ayrshire from January next year.
17 Feb 2014 14:45 • Sarah Hilley
SCHOOLS will no longer be used as polling stations so children won't miss out on learning, South Ayrshire councillors have decided.
17 Feb 2014 09:30
TROON bowler Paul Foster has been forced to withdraw from the Scotland Team due to compete in the forthcoming Home International Series in Stanley.
16 Feb 2014 09:30
AYR Seaforth AC had three men’s and two ladies teams running in the annual Scottish Veteran Harriers Road Relay Race which took place at Strathclyde Loch on January 26.
15 Feb 2014 09:30
DEDICATED Ayr United fan Somerset Boab is savouring the big game atmosphere on Saturday against Rangers although has decided to give the singing a miss this time as there are problems with his pa system.
9 Feb 2014 09:30
With this coming Saturday’s RBS Premiership clash with Glasgow Hawks postponed until February 22 necause of the number of Ayr players in the Scotland Club International side against Ireland on Friday night,. Ayr will now go into their cup tie against Hawks at Millbrae on Fenruary 15th without having touched a ball in anger for three weeks.
8 Feb 2014 09:30
AFTER a debut season in 2012/13 where a win was elusive in some tight games, the Ayr Storm U16m team have in season 2013/14 recorded the club’s first ever win in the SLBA Cadet men’s league.
31 Jan 2014 10:30
Health chiefs are probing a possible link between the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and seven cases of E-Coli.
30 Jan 2014 09:30 • Stewart McConnell
TROON bowls ace Foster has now returned from the World Championships at Potters Leisure Resort after a reasonably successful week which saw him once again return with silverware
22 Jan 2014 09:30
The Travelling Museum of British Invention, housed in a distinctive red bus, will be visiting communities the Carrick area from Friday January 24 to Thursday January 30.