HEARTS teenager Jordan McGhee wants more first-team involvement next season after scoring for Scotland Under-20s in the Den Haag Tournament. Despite being just 16, the defender is already maturing into a player with a bright future and intends to make a major impact at club level after the summer.
McGhee made his senior debut last month as a substitute for Hearts against St Mirren, realising a dream he had held since childhood. “I left school at 15 to go full-time with Hearts. My friends stayed on at school and are now at college and university. That was never an option as my dream has always been to become a footballer,” he said today.
“I’ve been at the Hearts Academy since I was 11. I never thought I would get my chance in the first team so soon and it was a brilliant experience to make my debut against St Mirren. I came on for the last ten minutes and loved it. Hopefully I will have more opportunities next season.”
McGhee scored as Scotland Under-20s lost 2-1 to Mexico in the semi-finals of the tournament in the Netherlands. He explained how much experience he has gained over the last week through being with Billy Stark’s squad.
“It was a huge disappointment to lose,” said McGhee. “I enjoyed my goal but we are out and now it’s about getting ready to go again with Hearts next season.
“Being here has been a great learning curve. The Mexicans have great movement and you need to keep your concentration. They change the tempo of their game in an instant. We spend time either chasing or fighting for long balls and trying to win headers.
“It is something we are working on with Scotland as well as at Hearts.”