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Ross County goalkeeper Ross Munro on Scotland under-19s radar

Scotland under-19s manager Billy Stark.
Scotland under-19s manager Billy Stark.

Ross County goalkeeper Ross Munro is on the radar of Scotland under-19 manager Billy Stark.

Munro has been handed the responsibility of being second choice behind Scott Fox at Victoria Park this season and has featured in two IRN-BRU Cup ties, keeping his first clean sheet when he made his home debut in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Raith Rovers.

The 18-year-old revealed he has had contact from the Scottish FA with a view to being included in youth squads in the future, with Munro hoping his first team involvement with the Staggies can help him catch the eye.

Munro said: “I did get a wee mention from the Scottish FA, who got in touch with the club to say they had been looking at me.

“I didn’t make it to the squad, but I know they have been watching me. That’s a good milestone for me.

“I do work hard and something I’ve always wanted to do is try and break into the Scotland set-up by getting a call-up. To have that has motivated me more, it keeps me going.

“Being up here, there’s more chance to get into the first team than if you are down at Celtic or something.

“It’s something I’m really privileged to have because it makes life a lot easier.

“It’s not as if there’s seven goalkeepers to compete with, there’s just two goalkeepers, so the managers can talk to everyone in the squad.”

Having come through County’s youth system, Munro hopes his familiarity with Staggies co-managers Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson bodes well for his first team prospects.

He added: “The managers have both taught the youth level teams, and they know the background of the whole club.

“I suppose that puts a seed in all the youth players’ heads that they do know everybody at the club. It’s not just the first team boys, they know all the boys all the way down to under-15s.

“It’s good to have that – they obviously understand what it takes.”

Munro grew up in Nairn, and he hopes the prospect of a local youngster rising to prominence in the Staggies first team can be a boost for the club’s supporters, adding: “Any team that has a local player coming through does good for the club. It obviously means more for the club and the fans to see a homegrown player coming through, rather than getting someone in from abroad or down south.”

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