Dailly teenager Robby McCorie played a key role this week in helping the Scotland Under 17s football team reach the semi finals of the Euro Championships.
The 16 year old goalkeeper who signed his first professional contract at Rangers last month alongside twin brother Ross, helped Scot Gemmill’s side reach the last four of the tournament in Malta before they lost 5-0 to Holland.
The talented Dutch youngsters proved a step too far for the Scots in the second semi final on Sunday May 18.
However, the Scots had a fantastic tournament with lots to build on for the future.
And it was a triumphant tournament for McCrorie personally after he bounced back from making two errors in the opening group stage defeat to Portugal by turning in some stellar performances.
As reported in last weeks Gazette, he made a wonderful last minute save to secure all three points against Germany on Monday May 12 before on Thursday 15 May, he made a series of superb saves to keep Scotland in the game in the first half against Switzerland.
Needing a draw to qualify for the semi finals, the Scots fell behind after 20 minutes and even before that McCrorie had pulled off two good saves to stop the Swiss really seizing the initiative.
The Scots roared back in the second half scoring three goals to ensure qualification but McCrorie was again at the heart of the action, saving a penalty on 72 minutes with a brilliant one handed save to make sure the Swiss chances of a comeback were put to bed.
Although there was disappointment at not reaching the final, which would have seen them play England in today’s (Wednesday’s final), the Scots can leave Malta with their heads held high.
Since March, Robby’s team have beaten Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Romania among others and the future looks bright with plenty of top prospects showcasing their skills in Malta.