Michael Walker watches a young Somali-born boy make a truly ground-breaking debut for Scotland...
He did not look out of place, in fact he looked as if he belonged. For more than one reason, that was the be-all and end-all. When a good chance was missed in the second half his shot flew over a hoarding in the Norrie McCathie stand advertising Polyscot.
East End Park, Dunfermline, on Tuesday night bore witness to a small but significant step in the evolution of British football when, in among the Frasers, Graemes and Callums, a young Somalian refugee called Islam Feruz made his international debut.
That it was for Scotland said much about the society that Feruz now calls his own; that it came a month after his 14th birthday and it was for Scotland’s Under 17s in a European Championship match said just as much about the talent that clearly resides in the swift feet of a forward on Celtic’s books, one who has already played for their Under 19 side.