RHYS McCABE continued his impressive emergence from the Murray Park youth ranks with a 45 minute debut for Scotland’s under-21 side.
The young midfielder was a second half sub against Italy in a 4-1 defeat at Easter Road as he made his first outing for his country.
Fellow Gers Ross Perry and Grant Adam also featured, with the defender getting 90 minutes under his belt.
Things weren’t so good for Adam, who also came on for the start of the second half but was carried off on a stretcher just minutes later.
It seemed the keeper, currently on loan at Airdrie, took a blow to the face and was lifted from the field with his neck braced.
The scoreline was already 1-1 at that stage with the visitors taking an early lead through Alessandro Florenzi.
Gary Mackay-Steven hit back for the home side just after the hour mark and after a host of half time changes and the injury to Adam the Scots fell behind again to Marco Verratti’s 55th minute strike.
McCabe almost drew them level again with a fine free kick, but it was the Italians who made a mark from a set piece with Lorenzo Insigne’s 74th minute free kick finding the top corner.
And there was a cruel late blow for the Scots as Samuele Longo added a fourth that flattered the Italians.