Young Keeper Selected For Scotland U21sChris Kettings has spoken of his delight at receiving his first call-up to the Scotland Under-21 squad yesterday.
The Blackpool development squad keeper will link up with Billy Stark’s side on Monday for their final two UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers, against Luxembourg on Thursday and then away to Austria the following Monday.
Kettings said: “I was called up to the Under-19s about 18 months ago and then I didn’t get a call up last season, so I’m just chuffed to be back in because it’s all good experience for me.
"I got the letter through just before the Macclesfield game yesterday [development squad friendly] so that gave me a bit of a boost in that game as well.”
The 19-year-old has already been capped twice at a younger age level for his country, playing in two games against Malta in 2010.
"Hopefully I’ll get out on loan again at some point this season and get a couple more league games. For a keeper it’s all about experience – no-one wants to take a chance on a keeper if they’ve not got any experience.”
"Morecambe was brilliant, obviously for a keeper it’s tough to get any game time anywhere at such a young age. To go there and get a couple of games under my belt is more than what I could’ve hoped for.
Although Kettings has yet to make his first team bow for the Seasiders, he made his Football League debut while on loan at Morecambe last year. The young shot stopper believes that time on the pitch is crucial to his ongoing development.
"Playing for the Under-19s was great, but obviously the Under-21s is a bigger step up,” he said. "They've got players such as Danny Wilson who was here on loan last year and is now playing for Liverpool, so there’s going to be better players there.”