Scottish schoolboys international coach Stewart Taylor is delighted to be returning to Inverurie for tonight’s Auld Enemy clash.
Scotland Under-18 schoolboys face England at Harlaw Park this evening in the second round of Centenary Shield fixtures.
Inverurie hosted a shield fixture three years ago when Wales beat the Dark Blues 1-0.
But former national schools coach Taylor, who now assists coaches Craig Johnstone and Scott Douglas, is pleased to be back in the north-east, which is represented in the squad by Buckie Thistle goalie Lee Herbert.
Taylor said: “It’s a terrific gesture from everyone at Inverurie to want us to come back.
“They obviously enjoyed hosting a game a few years ago and were keen to have us back.
“We’re delighted to be coming up because we enjoyed playing there before and we know we have good training facilities in Inverurie.
“The coaching staff are familiar with the set-up and we’ll be happy to get back on grass.
“We’ve played games on artificial pitches but the pitch at Harlaw Park will make it a different game and we can play in a different way and we’re looking forward to our visit.”
Keeper Herbert started Scotland’s first match against Northern Ireland in Belfast which they lost 1-0.
After England the Scots face the Republic of Ireland at Ayr’s Somerset Park next week and Wales in Cefn Mawr next month.
Taylor is hoping for an improved performance against England tonight after the disappointment of losing in the first outing.
He added: “The performance in Northern Ireland wasn’t what we were hoping for.
“It was a scrappy game on an artificial pitch which wasn’t great.
“But we were disappointed with the performance from the boys which was uninspiring.
“That was unexpected because the boys have shown good character and everything we were hoping for, but on the day they didn’t quite deliver.
“So we’re looking for an improved performance and improved result against England.
“They lost 1-0 to Wales in their first game and we don’t think there is much between the teams.
“We’re not in awe of their squad and believe we can get a good result.”