New Bairn Blair Sneddon did not look out of place at Falkirk

Falkirk co-manager David McCracken said new signing Blair Sneddon’s inquisitive nature made him stand out as a future prospect.

By David Oliver
Thursday, 16th July 2020, 7:30 am
David McCracken and Lee Miller ran the rule over Sneddon last season. Picture: Michael Gillen
David McCracken and Lee Miller ran the rule over Sneddon last season. Picture: Michael Gillen

The Bairns boss and co’manager Lee Miller had the 18-year-old in for training last season and swooped earlier this week to secure his signature.

And the Camelon Juniors defender did not look out of place among the first team regulars of Falkirk, which persuaded the managers to make the move permanent.

McCracken told The Falkirk Herald: “We had a look at Blair at the end of last year and before everything split up. He held his own when he came in and didn’t look like a young player in a first-team environment.

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Blair Sneddon played against Australia for Scotland schoolboys earlier this year. Picture: Ian Cairns Media

“He expressed himself and was good, asking questions and inquisitive about things we were doing.

“Sometimes players can come in and be shy, go into their shell with big personalities in the changing room and in a different environment.

“Blair came in, he wasn’t loud, but he settled in and got on with his work and took to the stuff we had been doing really well, he took it all on board really well and adapted.

“That was the first sign that we had he was a good prospect moving forward. He’s one for the future and we wanted to make sure he’s here to better himself."

David McCracken.

Sneddon will join up with the first team, but at 18, time is on his side to be bedded in and develop as a prospect for the future.

McCracken went on: “He looks a really good talent. It’s something that Lee and I are big on – we saw the younger players coming through and taking an opportunity when we were here last time and that starts again with Blair.

“He’s in that position where we’re hoping he pushes on and becomes a big player for Falkirk.

“He’s a local boy, he’s a fan of the club and knows the area - that’s important too. We’ve seen before the fans connecting with ‘one of our own’ and Blair is another.”

Blair Sneddon impressed for Graeme High and was selected for Scotland alongside Camelon team-mate Jack Sharples. Picture: Ian Cairns Media

Sneddon moved after a year at Camelon where he moved after leaving Stirling Albion.

Sneddon began his first steps in football at Falkirk, before moving to Dundee United’s Academy.

He was spotted playing for Graeme High by Scottish schools selectors and played for the national side against Australia.