Jack Neilson is the star at midnight

Jack Neilson with Alex McLeish, right

Jack Neilson with Alex McLeish, right

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Jack Neilson had to pinch himself after receiving his Bank of Scotland Midnight League Player of the Year award from former Hibs and Scotland manager Alex McLeish.

The Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a network of five-a-side football games that aims to keep youngsters aged between 12 and 16 off the streets and give them something to do on Friday and Saturday nights. Midnight Leagues are played in over 100 communities in all 32 local authorities in Scotland. And, after impressing the SFA coaches, Newbattle Abbey College pupil Jack was chosen as one of just a handful of players nationwide to be invited to Hampden Park to receive their award from McLeish.

• Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a free community football programme delivered across all 32 local authorities in Scotland, aimed at boys and girls aged 12-16. For more information visit: www.scottishfa.co.uk/midnightleague