Bairns pair are veterans in the under-19s

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Scotland boss Ricky Sbragia is relaxed about pitching Bairns duo Jay Fulton and Stephen Kingsley against Germany next week.

The Bairns duo are part of Sbragia’s squad to play in the friendly at The Falkirk Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

But although they’re playing “a fantastic football nation” Sbragia says the surroundings will help Fulton and Kingsley approach it “like any other game”.

He told The Falkirk Herald: “Both Jay and Stephen played for me against Serbia at the end of last season, and they were both terrific.

“Jay was my captain and just sat in the midfield, while Stephen hadn’t had much game-time but wasn’t fazed by the standard of opposition at all.

“It is always tough playing Germany - they’re a fantastic football nation regardless of the age-group but Jay and Stephen will be used to The Falkirk Stadium being their home ground so it’ll be just another game for them.”

The pair made their debuts together in April 2011 but Fulton has gone on to make 34 appearances and starred at Westfield 21 times and it’s that

experience which is key for Sbragia.

“The opportunity they get to play in the first team at Falkirk is terrific for their development.

“I’ve been to Stirling to see training and am always welcomed by Steven Pressley, Alex Smith and Craig McPherson,. They’re great for advice and the training is of a high standard too.

“The young players learn from the older experienced ones and there’s a great atmosphere.

“More and more of the players in the udner-19s are getting first team exposure at other clubs too, but at Falkirk there are first team player in the under-17s squad too like Craig Sibbald and Kyle Turnbull.

“The work of the Academy is not going unnoticed and there are good players coming through too - Conor McGrandles is another who has made the step into the first team this season and Murray Wallace who left was called up at the end of last season and has gone on the under-21s squad for next week’s games.”