By Craig Turnbull
Stephen Kingsley says it would be another dream come true if he could follow up his Premier League debut for Swansea with a first full Scotland cap.
The full-back was thrown into the deep end as Swansea secured a shock 2-1 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates, breathing new life into the Welsh side’s Premier League survival hopes.
Kingsley could hardly have timed his introduction to Premier League football any better with two Scotland friendlies coming up against Czech Republic and Denmark at the end of March.
And although Kingsley, who has played at U19s and U21s level already, played down his chances of a call-up he admits it would be an honour to play for his country.
“My full focus is on Swansea just now and trying to stay within the first team and just make as many appearances as I can. Whatever happens with Scotland would be a great bonus,” he said.
“But if that opportunity came up then it would be another dream come true. If it doesn’t then I hope I can keep on impressing at Swansea and you never know what might happen.
“There’s certainly competition for places. Andy Robertson has proved himself on many occasions and I’m hearing good things about Kieran Tierney so there’s a lot of talent.
“It’s brilliant for the game and everyone involved in the Scotland set-up.”
After the euphoria of Wednesday night’s victory, former Falkirk defender Kingsley reflected on his Premier League debut.
“Yeah, it was incredible, a dream come true, something you dream about as a wee boy getting to walk out of the tunnel in front of 60,000 fans.
“Not many players can say they’ve won there, especially for someone like me on their debut so, to play 96 minutes and come away with a win is something to remember so I’m really proud of that.
“The step-up was huge but that’s the kind of challenge that you thrive on as a footballer, playing against these top world-class players, World Cup winners and Champions League winners.
“There was so much excitement it was some experience.
“I think the Arsenal players were a bit devastated with the result as I tried to get one of their shirts after the game but they were already down the tunnel.
“Jay Fulton came on so there was still some familiarity there from our Falkirk days. Being at the Emirates in front of 60,000 fans just shows how far we’ve come.”