By Martin Tighe
Hamilton Accies midfielder Greg Docherty has received a timely boost to his season after being called up to the Scotland Under 21 squad for the first time.
The 20-year-old has been a permanent fixture in the Lanarkshire club’s team this season and is no doubt being rewarded for his performances by new Under 21 manager Scot Gemmill.
And the call up came as a surprise to the Accies player: “I’m very, very happy – speechless to be honest. I just got back in from training and I checked my phone and saw all these messages on Twitter congratulating me. It’s a really proud moment for me and my family.”
His inclusion for the matches against Iceland and Macedonia marks a new era for the under 21’s with Scot Gemmill taking charge for the first time. No fewer than 12 uncapped players have been called up. Greg is taking a positive view on this: “I’d like to think that if I work hard and perform well when I’m training with the squad then I will have a chance of starting. But if I don’t I’ll still keep working hard. There are a lot of good young players in the squad and I’m lucky that I know a lot of them from previous squads at different age groups.”
Greg has now taken his performance to a new level this season and he is quick to point out where the success lies: “I can only thank the players and backroom staff at Hamilton for this call up. They have supported me all the way and if it wasn’t for them then I wouldn’t be in the squad.”
Hamilton have always promoted youth development and their faith in youth players hasn’t been lost in Greg: “If you go back to our first league game of the season at Ibrox, our full bench, with the exception of the goalkeeper was made up of players from the youth system. That shows the direction that the club is trying to take.”