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Sweet Sixteen!

Sun, 19th Aug 2007 1:25pm

Supporters present at Tuesday night's Challenge Cup match against Queen of the South were probably impressed by the performance put in by young substitute Michael Doherty.

After some research by the Official Website and club officials, it appears that Michael, who celebrates his 17th birthday tomorrow, may well be the youngest player in Clyde's history to play in a competitive match.

The defender, who has progressed through The Bully Wee's youth ranks, replaced Christian Smith after 75 minutes and helped stop the visitors levelling the scores. Colin Hendry said:-

"Michael deserved his chance. I was confident about his quality and strength but I also felt he deserved it because of the way he has applied himself on and off the pitch.

"From the moment I arrived at the club he has been excellent in the way that he has trained, but also in the way he has conducted himself in doing the tasks that younger players have to do around a football club.

"He is a good example to his peers and has a good future in the game if he continues to apply himself in the manner that he has demonstrated to date."

Michael was an unused substitute at Firhill yesterday and may well see more first team action before the end of the season.

He took to the field on Tuesday aged 16 years and 359 days. If you think you know of anyone that has featured for Clyde at a younger age, please get in touch at editor@clydefc.co.uk!