Vauxhall Under-17 International Challenge Match
Scotland vs Romania
Tuesday 24th February 2015, kick-off 7pm
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
CASH GATE: Kids go FREE, adults £5, concessions £2
* THIS MATCH WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AT RUGBY PARK, KILMARNOCK, DUE TO A WATERLOGGED PITCH *
Harry Souttar watched his flat mate Cammy Ballantyne star at last year’s UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals in Malta last summer.
Now, the Dundee United defender aims to follow in Cammy’s footsteps by helping Scotland create history and qualify for back to back under-17 finals for the first time ever.
Harry is in the squad to face Romania at Rugby Park tonight, kick-off 7pm, where Scot Gemmill’s side will warm up for their elite qualifying round matches in March.
Hungary will host the group, where Scotland will also take on Czech Republic and Bosnia-Heregovina for a place at May’s finals in Bulgaria.
Speaking to the Scottish FA website, Harry said: “Cammy was a member of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the tournament last year. I see him every day in our digs in Dundee and he speaks very highly about what he learned in Malta.
“It would be huge for all of us to qualify. I’d love to be called up for the team and the experience would be incredible.
“To be playing against foreign, top-class players, especially at a young age, would be great for our development as players. “
The 16-year-old centre-half is hoping to make a good impression on the coaching staff tonight ahead of next month’s elite round matches.
He also thinks Romania will serve up the perfect test and is relishing the opportunity to represent his country.
He said: “It’s the first time I’ve been away with Scotland, and hopefully I’ll get playing time.
“I’m enjoying the atmosphere of the camp. I know most of the boys and they’re all good lads, so it has been really easy to settle in.”
“Romania will be a tough test, as they’ve qualified for the elite round as well”
“They’ll provide a strong challenge, but they are the standard of team we must compete against if we want to qualify for the Euros.”
Harry is the younger brother and club teammate of Scotland Under-19 international John Souttar.
Also a defender, Harry can see where the similarities lie between the siblings, although it is something that he does not think too much about.
He said: “He’s done well for himself, and I’m just trying to follow in his footsteps. “I try not to concentrate about it too much, to be honest. I like to focus on my own game first and foremost. “
“We do have similarities in our style of play. I play centre-half as well, I like to have the ball at my feet and I enjoy defending as well. I like to think I’m strong in the air and aggressive in the tackle, so we share that in common.”
Entry to Scotland’s clash with Romania is by cash gate and is FREE for supporters under the age of 16 and just £5 for adults and £2 concessions. The match kicks-off at 7pm.
Notes on ‘kids go free’ offer
- Free child entry applies to children aged under 16
- As per standard stadium safety regulations, every four children must be accompanied by a paying adult (adult ticket price £5)
- Offer is subject to availability
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