Cleland tips Jason Kerr as next player to receive international call up

Saints U20's manager Alec Cleland believes 19-year-old defender Jason Kerr could be the next youngster at the club to play for the Scotland U21 squad following goalkeeper Mark Hurst's call up to the side to play FYR Macedonia and Ukraine next month.

Kerr, currently on-loan at East Fife, won the the League Two title in Methil last term and Cleland believes he'll soon be knocking on the door of the national side if he continues improving.

"We've got young Jason Kerr who is not that far away from U21 football. He's another one where there should be people out looking at him.

"He won a championship last season and is playing every week for (East Fife manager) Gary Naysmith, and the reports coming back have been very good.

"So hopefully we can push more on to get the recognition Mark's got."

Mark Hurst made a string of crucial stops despite the scoreline in last night's 2-1 defeat to an experienced Dunfermline Athletic side in the Development League, and Cleland hailed another strong performance from the 20-year-old: "You could see why he got 15 clean sheets last season, and you could see why Elgin got to the playoffs. It wasn't all because of Mark but he certainly had a big say in the league position they found themselves in."

He added: "The loan spell really helped him, and he's a better keeper every time I see him."

You can listen to the full audio interviews with Alec Cleland and Mark Hurst following last night's match below: