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Barra boy Matthew Davidson is justifying all the faith placed in him by island and mainland football coaches – and getting the reward for his determination and commitment to football – as he wins through to the next selection round for Scotland’s national under-16 team.

Castlebay School pupil Matthew, now aged 15, has been with Greenock Morton’s academy programme since 2017 when, aged just 10, he started to make the regular 300-mile round trip from his home island to train and play matches for the club’s Under-11 side.

The Greenock Morton Academy programme was developed by two ex-Morton players, Warren Hawke and Derek Anderson, as a long-term project to develop the most effective pathway to the first team.

They’re seeing results with Matthew, the first Hebridean footballer based in the Outer Hebrides to play for Morton, who was also supported by Loganair providing tickets for his travel to and from Glasgow.

Matthew is pictured with his team-mates and u16s’ coaches Tony Gervais, David Aitken and Pierce McEnroe (Greenock Morton Youth Academy).