From Hampden to stretcher – Smith’s rollercoaster week

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Selkirk footballer Allan Smith was stretchered off just four days after scoring in the Scottish Youth Cup final against Celtic.

But the 19-year-old expects to be fit for the second leg of Dunfermline Athletic’s relegation play-off against Forfar Athletic on Saturday.

The striker suffered a badly bruised knee only five minutes into the Pars’ 2-1 loss to Airdrie United on Saturday, which condemned the Fife team to the play-off.

As part of the club’s under-20s, alongside Earlston pair Ryan Goodfellow and Blair Henderson, Smith was on the mark in Dunfermline’s 3-1 loss to Celtic at Hampden Park last Wednesday.

But his goal ensured a special double, after scoring a tryat Murrayfield in the Scottish Under-18 rugby cup final for Selkirk Youth Club two years ago.

Smith told us: “We battered Celtic in the first half, but could not score. They were quite lucky to score their first, but we knew it was a long way back when they went 2-0 up.

“I got a goal, but it was not enough. I still enjoyed the experience.”

Despite his strike, Smith’s contract ends this month and the talented teenager does not know whether he will be kept on at East End Park next season, with the Fife club still in administration.

Smith said: “Celtic have a £10million training facility whereas we don’t even have a full-time physio at the moment. My dad Graeme and grandad Paddy have both been giving me money to get by. I had around 20 family and friends at the cup final, and it was great that my grandad was there – he is my number one fan.”