Ryan Docherty: Bell Debut Can Inspire Others

Kilbride Thistle AFC Under-20 Development team boss Ryan Docherty insists younger players should be inspired by Donald Bell making his first-team debut in last Saturday’s friendly against Largs Thistle Amateurs at the National Training Centre, writes Tom Scott.

Bell (19) was given the thumbs-up to start by Manager Sean Kenney ahead of more experienced squad members in a central-midfield role as Kilbride recorded an 8-0 victory.

Doco, who took the pre-match warm-up, has always believed if any of his young squad (2004) from their previous set-up at Tass Thistle were called upon to step-up, they should go onto the park and embrace the challenge – he doesn’t believe players staying in “comfort zones.”

Said Ryan: “I am delighted for him.”

“He played a part in the build-up to our first half goal.

“I had a word with him pre-match about starting and what this club’s expectations are. His selection by the gaffer (Sean Kenney) highlights the whole point of this development.”

“As a manager I want our players to progress and go onto the next level with Sean and his coaches. It’s all there waiting for them – how much do they want it?”

“At various times a lot of our players have either worked or been alongside the first team during training nights, so they should know what to expect.”

“The standards on and off the park at Kilbride Thistle AFC are huge We all want to be part of that.”

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