When Stephen Kingsley got called up by Gordon Strachan to the Scotland squad last Wednesday for the 2018 World Cup Qualifier against England, it got me thinking about other full Scottish football internationals who had played for their country, whilst also wearing the white of Swansea.
Stephen Kingsley is quite unique in the fact that he was the first Scottish Swansea City player to ever earn his first international cap whilst playing for the Swans, when he made his international debut as a 2nd half substitute in the 3 nil friendly defeat against France in June earlier this year.
There are of course several other Scots at the club whom like Kingsley have already, or currently do, represent Scotland at Under-21 level, such as Adam King, Jay Fulton and striker Oliver McBurnie.
Fulton and McBurnie have already featured for the Swans senior team this year and look decent prospects for future glory at both club and country.
The older Swans fans amongst you will probably need no reminding of other Scottish internationals whom have played for the Swans in the past but whom didn’t get capped whilst at the Vetch Field – the tricky, magical midfielder Tommy Hutchinson and of course that safe pair of hands in goals during the 1980/81 promotion season, Dave Stewart.Standing on the North Bank watching the 37 year old Hutchinson terrorise opposition players, was a treat to see, and one that this particular Jack loved to watch week in, week out.
In fact, he still holds the record for being the oldest player to ever represent the Swans, at the tender age of 43 years, five months and 19 days!
In more recent times, there was that burly Scot Craig Beattie, the £800,000 replacement for Jason Scotland, whom appeared 45 times for the Swans and finding the net 7 times, but whom failed to regain an international call-up during an injury plagued two years in south Wales.
The Swans have had other Scottish players on their books of course, namely Stephen Dobbie, Keith ‘Sky’ Walker, Steven Watt and Paul Chalmers, but alas none of them gained full international honours during their careers at the Swans or elsewhere.