Having helped lead Motherwell to both the League and Scottish Cup Finals over the course of a successful season for The Steelmen, up-and-coming midfield talent Allan Campbell has carried his form into the international arena.
The 19-year-old was a stand-out for Scotland’s Under-21s in the Toulon opener against Togo and hopes to step it up again against host nation France.
Allan, how do you look back on the 1-1 draw with Togo?
It was a bit disappointing to concede such an early goal but after that the boys stuck together. We got the goal before half-time and, if you look back, we had a lot of chances. Our final ball could have been better but I think it’s a positive how many chances we did manage to create. Hopefully we can take one and get the win against France.
How much have you enjoyed the Toulon experience so far?
You’re used to playing against the boys in Scotland and England, so to come over here and not know the players, to challenge yourself, and see where you are against players your age is great.
What do you expect from France?
Obviously it’s their tournament, so they’ll want to show up well on their own patch. It will be tough. France have got great players across all the age groups, but if we prepare properly and work as a team then I’m sure we can go out, prove people wrong and get the win.
You’re only 19 but, looking through the squad, you’re an older head compared to the likes of Billy Gilmour and Elliot Watt in midfield. How impressed have you been with the new recruits?
I’ve been so impressed. To come here, with a few older boys, they’ve looked so mature. The way they play is brilliant and great to watch. I’m a wee bit older but I can still learn from them, because some of the things they do with the ball are brilliant.
Finally, we had the chance to watch the senior side’s International Challenge Match with Peru. How proud are you of your close friend and Motherwell team-mate Chris Cadden on a first Scotland cap?
I’m buzzing for Chris. He deserves it. He’s worked tremendously hard over the season and he really does deserve it more than anyone.
Ross Doohan (Celtic)
Robby McCrorie (Rangers)
Daniel Harvie (Aberdeen)
Jason Kerr (St Johnstone)
Chris Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Anthony Ralston (Celtic)
Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock)
Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock)
Liam Burt (Rangers)
Allan Campbell (Motherwell)
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Glenn Middleton (Rangers)
Harvey St Clair (Chelsea)
Elliot Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion)
Michael Johnston (Celtic)
Craig Wighton (Dundee)
Scott Wright (Aberdeen)
Group A: China, England, Mexico, Qatar
Group B: France, Scotland, South Korea, Togo
Group C: Canada, Japan, Portugal, Turkey
Scotland 1 Togo 1, Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Scotland v France, Wednesday 30 May, kick-off 6.30pm (UK time), Stade D’Honneur, Salon (Watch via Facebook Live – Free Sports UK)
Scotland v South Korea, Saturday 2 June, kick-off 2pm (UK time), Stade Parsemain, Fos-Sur-Mer (Live on Free Sports UK)
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