Forfar Farmington striker Amy Gallacher has spoken of her excitement after receiving a call-up to the Scotland U17s squad.
The highly rated 15-year-old – pictured left – who has scored five times this season, has been added to the Scotland squad to face Italy in Perugia on September 3 and 5, writes Lee Smith.
Amy, who has been playing at Forfar for almost two years, said she was surprised by the call-up because of the sheer quality of other candidates out there.
She said: “I’m really excited about the call-up because it’s a great feeling playing for your country and it’s a chance to play against one of the best teams in the world at that level.”
“I wasn’t really expecting the call-up at all because there are a lot of good players out there that could have got in.”
It won’t be the first time the youngster will have turned out for the national side, after she played for the U15s in Germany and the U16s in Luxembourg, grabbing a goal, and Portugal.
She also played for the Scottish Schools U15 squad – scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 hammering of England and netting the goal which saw them deservedly win the Bob Docherty tournament in April.
Gallacher believes that Farmington are on the up in terms of their performances in recent weeks, with the side only narrowly defeated in two of their last five games against the sides which won comfortably earlier in the season, as well grabbing some wins.
She continued: “I think the start of the season was really hard playing against the best teams in the league, especially with how young our team is, but we have improved as a team really well over the second half of the season.
“The two new coaches, Logan and Damon, have come in and they have really helped us a lot.
“Hopefully that now means we can stay in the league and get as many points as we can.”
The talented goalscorer also praised the older players in the squad for helping her improve, saying that playing at a higher level to what she has previously been used to has only helped her development.
She added: “At first I found it hard because it was so different from playing at U17 level, but I think as the season has gone on it’s really helped me improve and the older players in the team have really helped.”