Wednesday 8 November
Since going on loan to Championship side Queen of the South, Saints defender Jason Kerr has impressed, scoring four goals in ten appearances for the club and as he gears up for the Scotland Under 21s ‘double header’ of games at McDiarmid Park he has spoken about the experience he’s gained in the past few months.
Speaking to the Saints Official Website Kerr says: “It’s a good test for me at Queen of the South and I feel like I have done as well as I could do. It’s a good experience playing against those type of players and hopefully I keep on doing well.”
Kerr added that he is hoping to make a similar impact for St Johnstone when the time comes for him to return to McDiarmid Park saying: “hopefully I can do as well as I feel I have been doing at Queen of the South”.
Kerr has been named in the Scotland Under 21 squad for these two important qualification matches – Latvia visit Perth on Friday and Ukraine come to McDiarmid Park next Tuesday – and this will be his third involvement in the campaign.
“It’s good getting that recognition and the standard is good.” says Jason.
“I’ve enjoyed it…..it’s what you dream about as wee boy getting to playing for Scotland and hopefully I can keep on doing it and eventually get my debut for the team - that would be a dream come true”.
Scotland are currently sitting second in their qualifying group with England above them and Netherlands, Ukraine, Latvia and Andorra below. The nine group winners automatically qualify for the tournament, four runners-up will go into a playoff for the final two spots, giving importance to every game. After beating Latvia away 2-0 last month Kerr says that they will be expecting a physical game but that Scotland will be hoping to replicate the quality of play demonstrated previously.
When asked what it will be like to be back at McDiarmid for these games, Jason says: “It’ll be good to come back to the stadium and hopefully I can get some minutes for Scotland. That would obviously be special for me with being a St Johnstone player”.
Kerr also urges fans to turn out for these matches matches, saying, “Come in your numbers. We’ll try to put on a good display and you won’t be disappointed”.
The Scotland games are against Latvia this Friday and then Ukraine next Tuesday (14th Nov) and both games kick off at 7.30pm. Only the West Stand is open and admission is pegged at a very reasonable £5 for adults and £2 concession (Under 16s, over 65s and students). Members of the Scotland Supporters’ Club can gain free admittance on production of their valid membership card
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