Manchester United defender Paddy McNair made his senior debut for Northern Ireland on Wednesday night but couldn’t prevent a 1-0 loss at the hands of Scotland.
Northern Ireland played well during the game but a late goal from Ipswich Town’s Christophe Berra sealed victory for the Scots at Hampden Park.
It was a big step for the 19-year-old in a season where he also made his senior Manchester United debut and he can be proud of his display.
Prior to the game, McNair said it would be a “dream come true” to represent his country having only just broke into Man United’s first-team this season.
The youngster has Louis van Gaal to thank for his progress after the 63-year-old included him in United’s starting XI early on in the campaign.
It has been a hugely encouraging few months for McNair, whose career can only go up from here.
Although McNair may not get much of a look in towards the end of the season due to a number of crucial fixtures, he still has plenty of time to develop before making a big impact in the future and van Gaal will be delighted with his continued progress.