AS a signing seen very much as “one for the future” when he arrived in January, Stefan Scougall has enjoyed a remarkable first few months at Sheffield United.
Not only has the 21-year-old become a regular in the Blades starting line-up but he is now looking forward to running out in front of a 70,000-plus Wembley crowd. Not bad for someone used to being watched by a fraction of that number.
“In Scotland, I never really came close to surpassing 4,000 at games,” said Scougall about his time with Livingston in his native Scotland. “So the Charlton (quarter-final) was definitely the biggest game I have played in.
“Being honest, it fazed me a bit for 15 minutes. It sucked your oxygen and energy, it was like running on sand. But then everything was okay. I’ll learn from that. Wembley will be bigger and even noisier but Charlton should stand me in good stead.”
Scougall’s United debut came as a half-time substitute in January’s fourth-round draw with Fulham at Bramall Lane.
He added: “I was meant to be for next season and I think I still am to be fair.
“But I hit the ground running and the manager has just let me keep going, which is great man-management from him.
“When I first signed here, I could not have imagined playing at Wembley. I wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me I might have a chance. It’s incredible.
“Really, I am speechless. I have never been before. I have not even played at Hampden. I have been there to watch finals and stuff like that. But I have never even been close to a semi-final up there.”