First posted on Facebook on January 2nd 2017
Happy Birthday to Scotland Gemmill or as he is more likely known, Scot Gemmill who will turn 45 today. Scot, is of course the son of Scotland legend Archie, who drove his wife to Paisley six weeks before the birth of their son to ensure he was born in Scotland.
Scot was capped 26 times for Scotland gaining his first one in May, 1995 in the Kirin Cup against Japan, at which time he was a Nottingham Forest player. Also making their debuts that day were Brian Martin and Paul Lambert of Motherwell, Craig Burley of Chelsea and Paul Bernard, then of Oldham Athletic would also make an appearance. Scotland drew 0-0.
It is fair to say that Scot’s Scotland career was quite frustrating for him; he was only ever a bit part player. He seemed to be on the subs bench a lot or would play from the start in the pre-tournament friendlies for both the ’96 Euros and ’98 World Cups. Scot would make the squad for both but never played in either.
He would have a late flurry of caps under Berti Vogts but once more these would mostly be in friendlies including the Reunification Cup match against the Hong Kong League XI where he would score his only Scotland goal.
Scot’s final cap came in April 2003 against Austria in a friendly at Hampden in front of a meagre crowd of 12,189, in which the Scots lost 2-0. Scot had gained his last thirteen caps as an Everton player.
Scot is of course, the current Scotland Under-21 coach but as yet has not seen much success come his way in that endeavour.
Happy Birthday Scot and all the best.