Anthony’s big day at Hampden

Anthony O'Rourke, left,  lines up with Paul Dixon before kick-off at Hampden.

Anthony O'Rourke, left, lines up with Paul Dixon before kick-off at Hampden.

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SCOTLAND’S goalless draw with Serbia may have been a game to forget for most of the Tartan Army - but for one lucky Bellshill youngster it was an occasion he will always remember.

Anthony O’Rourke was selected to be a player mascot for the World Cup qualifier and walked out on to the pitch with Scotland star Paul Dixon - later judged by many as the man of the match.

The nine-year-old P5 pupil at Holy Family Primary in Mossend, who plays for Jerviston 2003s, won the escort place after entering a national competition on the McDonald’s KickStart website.

He said: “I was a little nervous but once on the pitch it was brilliant.”

Anthony then watched the game with his parents and received a Scotland strip and goodie bag as a memento.

Father Des said: “All the mascots were in a draw to be allocated a player and Anthony was delighted to get Paul Dixon - after the way Paul played Anthony is claiming to be his lucky mascot!

“The experience was one Anthony will never forget.”