A FORMER Largs Colts player received national recognition after being selected to play for Scotland U19s - despite only being 17-years-old.

Centre back Kian Murdoch received his Scotland cap after featuring against Wales at the University of Stirling Campus.

Sadly they lost 3-0, however it was still a day to remember for the local teenager.

Kian has already featured for junior side Ardeer this season and played against Largs Thistle. He is currently featuring for Troon Under 19s.

His coaches describe him as an 'adaptable, dynamic, aggressive and fast defender' - and his achievements have 'capped' a great year for the rising star.

Proud dad Martin said: "Kian has done really well, he really enjoys his football.

"It is great for him to receive this recognition. To win a Scotland cap is something very special indeed and it is fully recognised by the the Scottish Football Association.

"Kian is a centre back first and foremost but can play with either foot and even played at left wing when he was with Ardeer."

He is currently moving into sixth year at Largs Academy and is a former St Mary's Primary pupil and Celtic fan.

Living in Union Street in Largs, he has managed an impressive total of 28 appearances this season with Ardeer in the West of Scotland Third Division.

Martin said: "The junior game is a good level and many people said at the age of 17 Kian would be lucky to hold down five minutes, but he has certainly been able to more than hold his own.

"We are so proud that Kian has been capped and is a great reward for all his determination and effort."

Pics: John Keachie.