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Mackail-Smith keen to follow Boyd to Scotland

Posh top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith wants to jump on the Scottish international bandwagon following George Boyd's selection.

Posh top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith wants to jump on the Scottish international bandwagon following George Boyd's selection.Team-mate Boyd is set to make his Scotland B debut against Northern Ireland tonight (Wednesday) and Mackail-Smith wants to join him at the earliest opportunity.

The 25 year-old would qualify for a call-up as he has a Scottish grandmother. Both Boyd and Mackail-Smith have represented the England non-league team.

Mackail-Smith said: "If I could get a Scotland call-up it would be absolutely brilliant. I qualify through my gran Margaret, my dad's mother.

"I'm sure it would make her really proud if I was selected for any future squads and it would be a great honour as far as I'm concerned.

"I've played with George for a long time and we have a good understanding on the pitch. I'm delighted he's received the call-up for the B international and if I could get into the Scotland set-up too it would be just really amazing."

Boyd is expected to play some part of this evening's match at Clyde FC's Broadwood Stadium. When he arrived in Glasgow on Monday night, it was the first time he had set foot in Scotland for a number of years although he was part of an England non-league side that once beat his adopted country 2-0.

Boyd's selection was confirmed after paperwork confirming his grandfather's Scottish roots was provided.

Boyd said: "It's been so exciting. My family are really proud that I'll be playing for Scotland, as am I of course. They'll all be at the game so I'm looking forward to the whole occasion.

"There are a lot of cousins who will be there but I've never met them before.

"My dad is getting the train up as well so it should be good. My grandad is from Motherwell, but he moved down to London ages ago.The whole thing is just a dream come true.

"I knew Scotland had been to watch me a few times but that was it. Now that it's happened I'm delighted and it's capped off a great season for me.

"Hopefully I'll bring a bit of flair to the team. I like to get in about players, really get at them. I'll be looking to create and score goals. That's what my club manager likes me to do and that's what I'll be aiming for on this stage."

POSH boss Darren Ferguson had to postpone his meetings with members of the first team squad yesterday after members of his family were involved in a road accident.

Posh hope to shed several players after winning promotion to The Championship. The likes of Rene Howe, Scott Rendell, Liam Hatch, Craig Braham-Barrett, Kwesi Appiah, Danny Blanchett and Mark Tyler are most at risk.

Long-serving Tyler has already attracted a couple of enquiries from Football League clubs.

 

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