Barra schoolgirl Catriona O’Carroll will be flying the flag for Scotland from January 2019, after being selected for the national Under-14s team.

Catriona, of Earsary, who has just celebrated her 12thbirthday, will be attending training at the Toryglen football training centre, across the road from Hampden Park in Glasgow, from the end of January onwards. She’ll also travel for international matches – fixtures will be published in January.

The travel will be nothing new for Catriona, who has been playing in midfield alongside her sister, striker Charlotte, for Glasgow City girls for some time. The whole family have football in the blood – Charlotte and Catriona also both play with Barra girls’ team, dad John is a coach and all three of Catriona’s younger brothers are developing their skills with coaching from dad and fellow coaches Chris Denahy and Paul Maguire.

Proud dad John said: “Catriona is football daft, she’s been kicking a ball since she was two years old. Barra girls were away to Falkirk in November and in the first half she scored five goals and set up one. The final score was 15-1 to Barra.”

Now Catriona and her family are hoping for sponsorship to help with the costs of flying from the island every week, as well as travelling to matches. An appearance on BBC Alba’s news programme An Làtha yesterday (Wednesday December 18th) helped to promote her achievement, with the hope that sponsors might sit up and take notice.

In the meantime Catriona continues to develop her skills – there’s football this afternoon at school and, as always, she’ll be on top form.

Picture shows Catriona (Barra Football Club).