RAITH Rovers full-back Kieran Campbell is eyeing glory with Scotland’s under 18 schoolboys squad against the Republic of Ireland later this month.
The 17-year-old played his part as Scotland kept their Centenary Shield hopes alive with a 1-1 draw against England at Ewood Park in their third match of the tournament on Friday night.
Unbeaten Scotland and Campbell now have just one match remaining and a win over the Republic of Ireland in Dublin later this month will see them share the Shield with England.
And, with a 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland and a 5-1 thrashing of Wales already under their belts, Campbell admits the excitement of claiming a trophy for Scotland is building fast.
“It was a really tough one against England and to get a positive result was really great for us as a squad,” said Campbell, who has featured for Raith reserves this season.
“Going into the match we believed that we could get a result and we believed that we could win the match. There is a lot of talent in this squad for sure and I think we have shown how capable we are as a team.
“It would mean absolutely everything for us to go out and get a win against Ireland.
“If we can do that then we will win the Shield and that would just be an unbelievable achievement and one we will all remember forever.”
Scotland’s fortunes are in stark contrast to the 2013 Centenary Shield when – without Campbell – they failed to win a game and finished last.
But, unbeaten so far this time around, coach Stewart Taylor admits he will remain impressed with Campbell no matter what the outcome is in Dublin.
“Obviously it was good that we did keep the tournament alive by getting the draw,” he said.
“That gives us real purpose going to Dublin – we have everything to play for. We are pretty focused on that and we are looking forward to it.
“I have been delighted with them. Like any group of teenagers they are never going to be perfect but overall they have been absolutely fantastic.
“They have been a credit to their parents, their clubs and their schools. It has been a privilege to be able to work with a group like that.”
TSB, proud partner of the Scottish Schools’ FA, is delighted to support the Scotland U18 schoolboys squad for their 2014 Centenary Shield campaign. For all the latest squad news, visit scottishfa.co.uk/ssfa.