New Scots star to give debut shirt to his grandma
Published 23:00 28/03/11 By Neil McLeman
Craig Mackail-Smith will give his first international shirt to his Scottish granny after making his debut against Brazil.
The Peterborough striker received clearance last week through his Edinburgh-born grandmother Margaret.
And after playing against Bristol Rovers in League One on Friday night, he came off the bench for the last three minutes against the five-time World Cup winners.
“I’ve kept my Scotland jersey and I also managed to get Lucio’s shirt, which isn’t too bad - a World Cup winner!” he said.
“My granny is getting my shirt. She wasn’t there, because she is getting on a bit, but she watched it on TV and I was thinking of her all the same.
"I’ll sign it for her, get it framed, because she’s followed me all over my football career. This is the one thing she wanted for me more than most.”
Watford-born Mackail-Smith, 27, added: “I won England C caps when I was playing non-League. It’s been a long journey since then.
"I was part-time for a while back at Dagenham & Redbridge, but I asked the club to make me full-time - and they just about had enough of a budget to let me do that.”