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McLeod happy to be selected for Scotland

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Five players from the North region have been called up to the Scotland Schools U18's squad for games against Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic Of Ireland.
Liam Strachan and Bradley Manson are reunited back in the squad after both being present in the camp last year. Lachie MacLeod and Seyon Koshoedo (pictured below) who both hail from Aberdeen are in the squads for the first time and are joined by Ryan McRitchie from Inverness.
Liam Strachan attends college where as the rest are still at school. Bradley Manson is at Oldmachar Academy, Lachie McLeod goes to Aberdeen Grammar, Seyon Koshoedo goes to Harlaw Academy, and Ryan McRitchie goes to Millburn Academy up in Inverness.
One of the games that Scotland are participating in is local to the majority of the guys with Highland League side Inverurie Loco Works FC hosting the Scotland v Wales game on the 24th March with a 19:30pm kick off.
The last time Wales came to the North East, they visited Princess Royal Park which is the home of Highland League side Deveronvale FC and Scotland came away 3-0 winners.
One of the players who played for Scotland that night was former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher in a year in which Scotland lifted the Victory Shield.
Liam Strachan and Bradley Manson were both last season pushing hard to get a professional contract at Aberdeen. However, towards the tail end of the last season were released by the club. Liam now plays for Highland League outfit Turriff United and Bradley also plays in the Highland League, for Turriffs rivals Deveronvale.
Lachie McLeod who is in the squad for the first time as a striker gave his thoughts about being selected. He said, "It's quite surreal. I was very happy to be selected for the Scotland squad this year. It felt good that my hard work hasn't gone unnoticed and I haven't had a better feeling in football. 
"In the national trophy games, scouts came and had a look at me and I got recommended to the guys at Scotland schools. I have managed five goals in three games for Aberdeen during the national trophy so far. 
"What I aim to get out of this is to get spotted by a professional team. I was at Montrose for a while last season, however I would like to step up again. We are playing Sporting Futures USA on the 8th March so that is a good chance to impress scouts and coaches with the chance to go to America."
Lachie is also excited about playing one of the games in his region. He said, "Most of our games and training sessions have been down in the central belt. I played with Liam Strachan at Albion and I am good mates with him. I am starting to bond with Bradley and Seyon now and we all travelling up together and also in the same hotel rooms."

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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