COLIN MACLEAN slammed a staggering six goals past a shell-shocked Ross County on the day the Back teenager confirmed his potential can no longer be bottled.
He has evolved from a player with bags of promise and one on the periphery of his local senior side Back FC to a player who could feasibly become orchestrator in chief.
This week the wonderkid crossed the Minch, with fellow Back FC junior James Macleod, for their second run out with the Brora Rangers under 15 side and while he sparkled on his debut with a hat-trick, this time he shot to prominence in quite spectacular fashion.
In a display of pace and skill against some of the best young defenders in the Highlands who were lining up for Ross County’s youth side he proved beyond doubt he has what it takes to win games.
The County rearguard were running scared every time the jet-propelled teenager was released down the middle.
That he capped his sparkling performance with an incredible double hat-trick – SIX goals - merely confirmed what those who watch this young man in action each week have been saying for some time. He is one of the most dynamic youngsters in the isles at the moment and one who could become the jewel in the crown of the Broadbay Blues at senior level.
Meanwhile, holding the gloves and keeping goal in the distinction and authority with which he became Back No.1 for most of last season, was Macleod who showed the future is bright down in Upper Coll with the pair catching the eye across the Minch,
“It was only my second game for Brora and I’ve been really enjoying it. I scored three on my debut and then six last week so I’m very happy with that,” remarked the modest Maclean.
Inverness City were the first vitims of Maclean’s deadly prowess when he netted a treble in a 9-2 cruise before he doubled his tally in another 9-2 romp over Ross County.
“I’ve been playing upfront which is great but I don’t know when I’ll be away again, just whenever they want me.”
His switch to Brora came as a result of his big brother Martin’s link up with the Brora Ranger senior side in the Highland League when an off the cuff discussion at a senior match led to an invitation for Colin to come out for a game.
Since then neither Colin nor Brora have looked back as the Maclean boys look to be leaving their studmarks all over the Brora set-up at senior and junior level.