ROSS Perry was just two years old when Davie Weir signed on at Falkirk in 1992.
Now, days after the Denny defender’s 21st birthday he’s re-traced his mentor’s footprints and is turning out for the Bairns.
Perry is on loan from Rangers for 28 days - and will see out as many games as possible for his hometown team.
“I’m here for a month initially - but there are seven games within that time so I have a lot to look forward to and maybe the deal can be extended to the end of the season.
“I didn’t speak at great length to Davie before I came, but he did tell me this is a great club and I just need to come here, play football and have a great time.
“Davie Weir is someone that every defender looks up to - not just me.
“He signed on here when I was just two years old so if I can have a career anywhere close to his, then I’d be absolutely delighted.”
Good central defenders shouldn’t draw much attention to themselves and Perry’s debut performance followed that perfectly - until the 62nd minute against Morton.
A clash of heads with Derek Lyle led to seven stitches on his left eyebrow and a memorable debut.
“My head knock is just a wee cut but I think it adds definition as a centre-half!”
Steven Pressley too was pleased with the defender’s two games.
“He’s settled in well and I was pleased with his assured performance.
“I’m pleased too about his knock - that’s the mark of a good brave centre-half.”
Perry’s competitive debut in Scotland resulted in a clean-sheet that set the Bairns up for the derby draw at Dunfermline.
The defender told Heraldsport:
“At Murray Park it’s very difficult to get into the first team, and there’s a lot of friendlies but they don’t compare to competitive matches in front of fans with three points at stake.
“I knew a few guys from the under-21s and feel settled.”