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Wednesday October 11, Lennoxtown, 7.00pm
Celtic v Rangers
Partick Thistle v Queen's Park
Queen's Park v Celtic
Rangers v Partick Thistle
Partick Thistle v Celtic
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Queen's Park v Rangers
Rangers v Celtic
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Queen's Park v Partick Thistle
Celtic v Queen's Park
Friday February 23, Lochinch, 7.15pm
On the back of a stellar return to the Scottish Championship which included finishing in the play-off places, and reaching the semi-final of the Betfred Cup, the present at Greenock Morton looks rather promising. With a well-crafted blend of both experienced and youthful players Jim Duffy has managed to give fans of The Ton something to shout about.
The first team boasts an extensive array of home-grown talent, such as Jai Quitongo, Mark Russell and Michael Tidser, all of whom worked their way throughout the club from a young age.
Several players produced from Greenock have found success throughout the country, such as former-graduate Brian Graham, a Scottish League Cup and Championship winning striker who now plays his trade for Cheltenham Town after a spells at Hibernian and Ross County.
Perhaps the most noticeable academy product in recent times is once Scotland midfielder Neil Mccan, who enjoyed a successful career at Hearts and Rangers amongst other clubs, winning leagues and cups galore, and representing his country on 26 occasions.
But what does the future hold for the next generation of youngsters at Cappielow Park?
Glasgow-born, the striker is a relative newcomer to Morton, having spent time at Queen’s Park as a youth player prior to his arrival. Before that, Armour spent his youth career playing for local side Cardonald Thistle.
In September of last year, Armour left The Spiders to join the academy at Morton, featuring in the team regularly throughout the course of the season.
After just less than a season in the development side, Armour made his first-team bow in April 2017, coming on as a late substitute in a league game against Dunfermline Athletic. The landmarks keep coming for the youngster as he scored his first senior goal in pre-season during the summer, netting in a pre-season win over Stenhousemuir.
Around the same time, the 19-year old penned his very first professional deal with the club, signing a contract extension until January of 2018.
Another young-striker making his way through the club is Alexander Easdale. Born in Greenock, the local lad signed professional terms for the first time in the summer with a two-year deal.
Easdale began his youth career for local outfit Port Glasgow Juniors in his younger years, before Aberdeen came calling, a two-year stint at the club followed.
After his spell up North, Easdale elected to move closer to home and signed for Greenock Morton, where he moved into the under 14 squad.
Recognised for his efficiency infront of goal and intelligent movement, the youngster made his debut for the development side as a substitute against Albion Rovers at Lennoxtown in April of this year, featuring in a 3-0 victory. The 18-year old has progressed right through the age groups under Head of Youth, Derek Anderson’s tutelage, and will be determined to take the next step into the first team.
With the support of over 26-staff members within the academy, including that of Anderson and director Warren Hawke, these two young strikers will be well-supported in their journey to make it to the professional game.
(Photo copyright of Ian Sneddon, Falkirk FC)
Every year across Scotland, a handful of young men fulfill their boyhood dreams when they sign full-time for a football club. Here at YFS we're putting the spotlight on the new kids on the block who've just made the grade from youth academy level to the professional game, as they make the next step in their promising careers. Here, focus is on Falkirk FC.
Falkirk is without doubt one of Scotland’s most productive clubs in terms of youth development. Having produced millions of pounds worth of homegrown talent and reaching multiple Scottish Cup semi-finals and finals, the Bairns’ academy mantra of "Nothing but the best" has been lived up to.
With recent academy graduates such as Craig Sibbald and Peter Grant establishing themselves as stars in the first-team, and players such as Scott Arfield and Stephen Kingsley reaching both the Premier League and International stage, the next generation of Bairns are on their own path to make the step up. We take a look at some of the brightest talents paving their way into the Falkirk academy.
McBride can best be described as a pacy forward, who constantly presses defenders and puts them under pressure. He displayed his ability at international level back in February, when he netted the only goal in Scotland under 16’s 1-0 win over Croatia at the Oriam Centre. He was also a key player in the Falkirk side which reached the final eight of the SFA Youth Cup in the previous campaign.
The former Scotland under-16 international recently earned a call-up to the Scotland under 17’s side for a tournament at St George’s Park this month, merely a few months after signing his first professional contract for the Bairns.
One of six graduates from the Forth Valley academy, the 16-year old featured on several occasions for the development side last term and will look to increase his importance to the team after signing his first professional contract.
The teenage midfielder was a regular feature in last season’s development side for Falkirk and recently signed his first professional contract in the summer. Jervis, who played school football for Broughton High School, was once a youth player at Hibernian during his early teens.
Described as an attacking threat from midfield, Jervis scored his first goal for the development side against Hearts on his return to Edinburgh. Speaking to Falkirk TV, Jervis said: “It’s a good experience (to play in the development side) and it has given me a head start over other boys.”
Jarvis made his first-team debut in a pre-season friendly during the summer, coming on as a substitute in a 3-2 win over East Stirlingshire. He will be hoping to solidify his spot in the development side this upcoming season, and may even have his sights set on a first-team cameo at some point.