Proud Ryan makes his Scotland debut

Ryan is proudly pictured in his international jersey
Ryan is proudly pictured in his international jersey

SHUTTLEWORTH College pupil Ryan Fulton made his Scotland Under 15 debut on Tuesday night.

The 14-year-old Liverpool youngster came on for Celtic keeper Josh Hart in the 1-1 draw against Belgium at Doubletree Dunblane Stadium, Stirling, as coach Ross Mathie prepares his squad for the Sky Sports Victory Shield later this year.

Ryan came on at the break with the game goal-less, and he made an immediate impression as PSV midfielder Zakaria Bakalli nipped past two defenders but was denied by the keeper.

He was hoping for another run out yesterday when the sides met again in a closed-door friendly.

Mathie was hoping to see his players show they have the potential to be youth internationals in the coming months and years, with the UEFA European Under 17 Championships to come next year.

Ryan signed a scholarship with the Anfield club in January, and will take his exams early in order to move to Liverpool full-time to train with the youth team.

And he has recently bee in action for the Reds in a prestigious international tournament in Holland.

He helped Liverpool reach the semi-finals, where they lost out to eventual runners-up PSV, but beat Zenit St Petersburg in the third-place play-off.

The competition, which was won by Real Madrid, saw Manchester United finish 11th in comparison.

Ryan, who is also interesting England, but has chosen Scotland as his father Brian hails from north of the border, was initially spotted by a Merseyside scout whilst playing for Brunlea three years ago.

He was offered a trial at Liverpool, which resulted in the offer of a youth player deal, and he has gone from strength to strength since.

Last season he was on the bench for a Liverpool Under 18s match that was screened live on LFCTV.