St Mirren midfielder reveals national team cap is 'biggest achievement' yet

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St Mirren midfielder Caolan Boyd-Munce says that obtaining his first Northern Ireland cap is his “biggest achievement” yet.

The Buddies playmaker secured his first cap after starting against Spain as the Spaniards warmed up for Euro 2024 action at the start of June.

Speaking from the Buddies pre-season training camp in Spain, Caolan said he had been called up to the national squad thanks to his performances with St Mirren.

It was an occasion made even better when he assisted Daniel Ballard to open the scoring inside the first two minutes of the match.

Talking to St Mirren’s media team, the midfielder said: “I think that was my biggest achievement yet [securing my first cap].

“Being from Northern Ireland, to get that chance to start and play for them, and the way the game started, to get an assist and going one nil up against one of the world’s best, favourites for the Euros, was some feeling.”

Looking to play on the big stage with his country is not the only thing the Buddies player has his eyes on.

Caolan says he is, together with his Saints teammates, determined to better last season’s result in the Scottish Premiership.

He said: “What we did last year with the expectation of putting ourselves in this position, maybe we could have gone further but we are really happy with how it went.

“We want more again this year, to solidify where we were.

“But we will look at that after the next few games, friendlies or not, we have to set the standard from there.”

St Mirren, who finished in fifth last year, will face either Valur of Iceland or KF Vllaznia in the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.

The first round qualifiers will be played on July 11 and 18 with the Paisley side playing the winner of the tie.

But Boyd-Munce admits that the team haven’t been speaking much about it as they focus on getting prepared overall for the season.

He said: “You know what? We haven’t really discussed it.

“I know that it sounds mad as that will have been all everyone else has been speaking about for the last few
months.”

With it being the first time since 1987 that the club has been back in European action, the players will look to join the fans in relishing the experience according to the 24-year-old.

He added: “I was actually in the gym (when the Europa Conference League draw was complete) and I was waiting patiently for the group chat.

“I think that everyone was kind of on the same page, the experience of going to a new country, and not just for us but the fans too who might be going to places they might never go to, is always
good.

“To play in countries like that and teams like that is brilliant.”

In transfer news, central defender James Bolton looks set to leave the Paisley side after a deal is rumoured to have been agreed with Fleetwood Town.

The 29-year-old, who was signed just last July, could however generate a profit for the club which could be reinvested into a new signing.

According to reports, Robinson has been promised that any money brought in from sales will be reinvested back into his squad.

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