Date: 10th June 2007 at 10:37pm
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After the chaotic week of Magaluf-Gate and the public dumping of Jamie Langfield from his role as Dons number one, Aberdeen may have found the answer to their prayers regarding a new future goalkeeper already and he comes from within the ranks.

With Langfield almost certain to never pull the famous Aberdeen Number 1 shirt on again and the already pessimistic views on his replacement Derek Soutar, it may come as some comfort for Dons fans to know that they might just have a �keeper of the required quality waiting in the wings.

Greg Kelly was apparently almost part of the mass cull of Aberdeen Under 19�s who were released this season but he has shown his quality and promise recently and so was rewarded with a new Aberdeen deal but the exciting news for Kelly and Aberdeen fans is that he has also been chosen to be part of the elite squad Archie Knox and Archie Gemmill have selected for the Under 20�s World Cup in Canada; a tournament they qualified for by coming 2nd in last season�s UEFA U19 Championship.

Young Greg only spoke of his inclusion to the national team and not of his Aberdeen aspirations but to be recognised at that level shows that he certainly could be the man capable of filling the boots of greats such as Jim Leighton and Theo Snelders.

Greg said of his call up, ‘It’s fantastic to be included and it’ll be a tremendous experience. I was away with the squad at the end of last season for the friendly and I was told that they would be taking three keepers to Canada so naturally I was hoping I’d be one of them.

Coming on the back of signing a new contract, has made this a great summer. I even managed a week away in Greece, which was a good break, but the hard work has had to start again now. I’ll also miss part of pre-season which I’m not too upset about although I’m sure Jim Leighton will have told Jim Stewart, who will be with us at the World Cup, to make sure we’re worked as hard as possible!

I feel the time I spent on loan at Peterhead last season has improved me as a keeper. They were going through a tricky period at the time and it was a good experience for me. Next season is a big one for me and the trip to Canada can only assist in my preparations for it.’

Good luck to Greg and his Dons team mate Andrew Considine who has also made the squad and to the rest of the lads, some of whom are already regular SPL players, as they embark on a fabulous opportunity to test themselves against the best players of their own age from around the world.

The full 21 player squad is:

Goalkeepers: Scott Fox (Celtic), Greg Kelly (Aberdeen), Andrew McNeil (Hibernian)

Defenders: Andrew Cave-Brown (Norwich City), Andrew Considine (Aberdeen), Scott Cuthbert (Celtic), Garry Kenneth (Dundee United), Alan Lowing (Rangers), Ryan O’Leary (Kilmarnock), Mark Reynolds (Motherwell), Lee Wallace (Heart of Midlothian).

Midfield: Jamie Adams (Kilmarnock), Ryan Conroy (Celtic), Brian Gilmour (Clyde), Sean Lynch (Hibernian), Michael McGlinchey (Celtic).

Forwards: Ross Campbell (Hibernian), Graham Dorrans (Livingston), Calum Elliot (Heart of Midlothian), Steven Fletcher (Hibernian), Robert Snodgrass (Livingston).

Scotland’s games are Sunday, July 1 v Japan, Wednesday, July 4 v Nigeria and Saturday July 7 v Costa Rica.

Again, good luck to all and let�s hope their experiences there can benefit the full national team in time as they progress through to Alex McLeish�s side.

Have you seen Greg Kelly in action? Do you think in time he could be the answer to the goalkeeping problem?

What chance do you reckon these youngsters will have in Canada against some of the world�s best stars?

Answers to these dilemmas and many others on the Forum at Vital Aberdeen as usual please.

Please take a second to record you views on the ‘keepers who have been quoted as in the picture to fill the Langfield sized gap on our goal line next season.