Clyde’s Michael McGowan was one of the twenty-two players named today when Northern Ireland Under 21 international coach Roy Millar announced his squad to face Wales in Llanelli in Tuesday’s friendly.
Michael’s inclusion follows his Northern Ireland debut on Wednesday 8 February when he was in the starting line-up for the second of back-to back matches in Israel, which the Northern Ireland youngsters won 1-0.
The transformation in Michael’s fortunes could not have been starker as he acknowledged recently when first named in an NI squad.
“A year ago, I had just been released by Dundee because they were in administration,” Michael recalled. “I was training with Airdrie United, just to keep fit, and playing the odd reserve game for them. If it had not been for the boss, and Joe Miller, giving me this opportunity, I might never have got the chance to play against Celtic, one of the biggest clubs in the world. It was a bit of a surprise when I was told about Northern Ireland. I qualified through a great-grandparent on my dad’s side and it is going to be great to go to Israel.”