Mackie proud of Scotland call-up

30 September 2010 05:13
New Scotland recruit James Mackie is delighted by his call up for next month's Euro 2012 qualifying matches."Me and my grandfather used to speak about it a lot and it is a real honour for me to get the chance," he said. [LNB]"It was something I always knew was possible. I knew I qualified to play for Scotland but I was not sure if anybody else knew. [LNB]"I have been given a bit more of a profile with QPR and I think people are now starting to take notice of me." [LNB]The 25-year-old has made an impressive start to the season, banging in eight goals to help steer the Loftus Road side to the top of the Championship. [LNB]Mackie cost the South London club £150,000 in the summer and his previous teams include Wimbledon, Milton Keynes Dons, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and a loan spell at Sutton United. [LNB]Now he faces the prospect of being involved in next month's double-header against Czech Republic and Spain. [LNB]And Mackie, who qualifies through his Kilmarnock-born grandfather Graeme, cannot wait to meet up with the rest of Craig Levein's squad. [LNB]"This has been a long road for me but I am nowhere near the end of it," added the in-form forward. [LNB]"I am not a player who has burst onto the scene as a teen - I've had to work very hard to get where I am. [LNB]"I suppose in a way it makes this more satisfying because I've had to work my way up. [LNB]"To be honest, the thought of playing against Spain, the world champions, is ridiculous but it makes no difference the opposition, I am just delighted to be involved."

Source: BBC_Sport