Not many amateur footballers can boast of being tutored by a Scotland internationalist with eight full caps to his name.
Yet, as Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur Football’s select side gear up for a challenge match against an East of Scotland Football League side at Ainslie Park tomorrow, they’ll be boosted by the presence of former Hearts left-back Lee Wallace on the touchline.
The Rangers defender recently joined up with the LEAFA coaching team after spending two years learning the trade with Premier 1 table-toppers Heriot Vale and, according to LEAFA manager Alan McKay, he has given everyone a boost.
“Lee is a friend of mine and has a huge part in the running of Heriot Vale,” said McKay.
“He brings a great knowledge of the game having played under a number of top coaches and managers. Of course, bringing arguably Scotland’s best left-back into the coaching team gives everyone a boost and he adds to top coaching the lads already receive from [Spartans manager] Andy Enwood and [Tollcross coach] Dale McCall.”
Wallace, who completed his B Licence coaching course in the summer, was in attendance in Dundee on Monday night as the LEAFA outfit geared up for tomorrow’s match with a 4-4 draw against a North select side. He saw Jordyn Sheerin, Martin Cairney, Allan Sheriff and Pieyam Khosrowpour all score for the Lothian outfit.
One player who will be hoping to replicate his last performance at Ainslie Park is former Arbroath striker Sheerin. In LEAFA’s last home match back in November, the striker came on as a second-half sub to score all five of his side’s goals as they beat a Borders select.
Further matches against the Scottish Amateur Football League and Scotland amateur side are in the pipeline as Scotland prepare for the UEFA Regions’ Cup preliminary round, scheduled for June.
LEAFA squad: John Nisbet (Tollcross), Sam Gibson (Heriot Vale), Pete Gilhooley (ESV), Nicky Murray (Lochend), James Reid (Sandys), John Diver (Tollcross), Martin Cairney (Inverleith), Kyle Hay (Tollcross), Stewart O’Neil (Tollcross), Jordan Leishman (Heriot Vale), Liam Stewart (Lochend), Paul Murray (ESV), Ally Anderson (Fernieside), Allan Sheriff (Heriot Vale), Jordyn Sheerin (Heriot Vale), Craig Rankin (Lochend), Pieyam Khosrowpour (Heriot Vale), Sean Lothian (Lochend).