Ten year old Kenny Allan might have left Stornoway for the sunnier climes of Stenhousemuir but he comes back every summer to see his Granny Jessie Maclean of Stirling Square and this year he had some great news for her.
Goalkeeper Kenny had already been training at Murray Park with Glasgow Rangers, but this summer he turned them down, along with a host of other big clubs, to sign for Stenhousemuir.
Kenny, grandson of Murocho Poish, has football running through his veins as his uncle Chris ‘Biscy’ Maclean once graced the turf for Stornoway United before leaving the island to join the army.
Kenny’s mother Cathie said: “Stenhousemuir have a good track record of looking after boys Kenny’s age and they keep us up to date with his progress.
“We feel that they will help Kenny in his progress to be a professional goalkeeper.”
Stenhousemuir Football Club are a current member of Scottish football’s highest tier of for youth football in Scotland - Performance Level.
By competing at this level it means that all players within the Stenhousemuir Football Club Children’s Academy will compete on a weekly basis at the highest possible level for young football players aged nine to 12 years anywhere in the country.
Kenny himself is delighted to be signing. He told the Gazette: “It is a privilege and an honour to be playing with such a great club and I promise to do well.”
His career has already got off to a great start. Stenhousemuir had their awards night last month and young Kenny got the ‘Consistent Player’ award, presented by non other than Gregg Wylde of Rangers.
Stenhousemuir recently had their first competitive game of the season against Dunfermline and after that Kenny can look forward to playing both Celtic and Rangers as well as Raith Rovers, Hamilton, Queens Park, Falkirk, Hibs, Hearts, Motherwell, Dundee Utd, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Inverness CT and Kilmarnock.