Young Dundee goalkeeper Calum Ferrie says he felt “numb” as he knew he was about to realise a childhood dream.
The 19-year-old Englishman, who signed for the club after leaving Port Vale in 2016, made his first-team debut as a substitute against Rangers 10 days ago.
Ferrie got his chance after an impressive season with the U/20s that’s seen them challenging for the Development League title, despite the presence of more-experienced keeper Jeremy Malherbe.
With just a few minutes to go and the team 3-0 down, No 1 Elliott Parish was forced off with a facial injury, giving Ferrie the chance to come on for a debut at Ibrox.
He said: “It was a weird experience because, when Elliott went down, I actually thought we’d made three subs.
“Then, hang on, no we haven’t!
“I stood up and almost went numb in a way, just sort of in-the-zone I would call it.
“Someone called it a baptism of fire and I just thought it was a bit of that!
“For me, personally, it was something I’d dreamed of since the age of six and getting on there was fantastic.
“I was very annoyed to lose a goal, though.
“I’m annoyed to lose goals in training, never mind Ibrox!
“Personally, for me and my family, because of the sacrifices you have to make to be a footballer, it’s just nice to feel like it’s been worth it and now I just want to push on.
“Hopefully, this can be a catalyst to get more games.
“Since Christmas, I’ve found an extra gear which I didn’t know I had and in training I’ve pushed myself to the limit and have been trying to get back on the bench.
“When you feel close to the first team, subconsciously you think ‘I can see myself playing in this team, I can see a chance’.
“When you’ve worked for something like that from six-years-old, it’s natural when you get to the precipice you want to give that extra to push yourself over the edge and get in that team.”
With his current deal at the club running out this summer, Ferrie will be doing everything he can to earn himself a new contract.
He revealed the encouragement he’s got from manager Neil McCann has given him the confidence to be able to do just that.
He added: “One of the biggest things for a goalkeeper is trust from the manager.
“To have someone who has the faith in me and willing to put me on in a game like at Rangers in front of 49,000 people — it’s great.
“It’s a good confidence booster for yourself because you want to do well and, when someone believes in you, it gives confidence and pushes you on.”