ROSS McCRORIE has been describing the ‘privilege and honour’ of captaining Scotland’s under-21 side for their recent wins over Andorra and The Netherlands.
Scot Gemmill’s young Scots defeated the Andorrans 3-0 at Tynecastle before impressively seeing off the Dutch 2-1 away from home to keep their hopes of qualification for next season’s under-21 European Championships in Italy alive.
Speaking to RangersTV, McCrorie said: “It was great for me and a privilege and an honour to be named as the captain of the under-21s, and that’s me been the captain of all the age groups I have been involved in for Scotland.
“That topped it off, and I was extremely happy with it. We obviously got the results to go with it too, especially in the second game.
“We were looking for the two victories as it keeps us right in among it for qualifying.
“Andorra were hard to break down and had the full team behind the ball, but we got there eventually.
“We played some good combinations and used the width of the pitch quite a lot, and that worked well for us.
“Then in Holland, the boys were different class. Holland are a great team, but that’s us beaten them twice now.
“We beat them last year in Paisley in the same competition and then beat them again. It just shows the talent we have in our team.”
Scotland face Ukraine away and England at Tynescastle in their final two group games next month, knowing two wins will guarantee them second place.
From the nine groups, the group winners all qualify while the four best runners-up [minus results against the bottom side in each section] go into a play-off for the final two spots to join the hosts, Italy.
The Scots have plenty still to play for, with McCrorie adding: “We have big games coming up against Ukraine and England, and we maybe need a few favours from other teams, but if we can go and get the two victories, then I think we will be pretty safe.”
The Gers midfielder, meanwhile, has also taken heart from watching some of his teammates from the start of the campaign progress onto the full Scotland international team under Alex McLeish.
McCrorie continued: “You look at the start of the campaign, we had players like Oli McBurnie and John Souttar, and recently they have been breaking in so there is always a pathway for the boys.
“The Scotland manager is always watching you.”