It’s been a season to remember for Chris Cadden.
Appearing in two national cup finals and representing his country at under 21 level are achievements to be proud of for the young Scot.
But in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the boy from Bellshill arguably topped the lot.
Trailing 2-0 against Peru, Scotland boss Alex McLeish called on Cadden to replace Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean.
And as he entered the fray with around five minutes remaining in the heat of Lima, it marked a memorable day for Chris, his family, and Motherwell Football Club too.
No player has appeared in Scotland colours whilst plying their trade at Fir Park since Steven Saunders in 2010.
[pullquote]To have travelled with the first team, got some valuable experience out here in Lima and then to have got my first cap was brilliant.[/pullquote]
And Chris, reflecting on a first cap for his country, said: “It’s obviously a moment I’ll never forget. It’s something that my family and I are extremely proud of and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.
“The scoreline was obviously not what we would have wanted, but to have travelled with the first team, got some valuable experience out here in Lima and then to have got my first cap was brilliant.”
A proud Scot and a humble man, Chris is equally thrilled by earning his first cap, as much as he is hungry for more.
“It’s something I want to build on,” he explained. “Getting that experience and being around the group has made me determined to build on things from here.”
Off the pitch, Motherwell’s number seven has barely had a rest, with his phone being bombarded with messages.
“There’s been a few messages that’s for sure,” the midfielder joked, “but no, in all honesty it’s great hearing all the kind words from friends and family and it just makes it sink in a bit more to be honest.”
There’s an immediate opportunity for the youngster to follow up on his first cap, with Scotland back in action on Sunday as they take on Mexico.