Queen of the South defender Callum Fordyce has praised the mental strength of his friend, and former team-mate, Ryan Williamson after the full-back made his international debut last week for Scotland Under-21’s.
The former Livingston defender, who suffered a serious injury while at East End Park and endured a rigorous rehabilitation programme at the same time as Williamson said:
“I am absolutely delighted for Ryzo. To come back from a serious injury twice is testament to his character but to have the mental toughness to do it before you are 21 and then return good enough to get called up for Scotland is a great achievement for him personally. I worked beside him every day for a lot of months and he was always so determined to come back stronger and better.”
The pair have recovered from their respective injuries and have been consistent performers for their sides this term so far. With the Pars taking on Queen of the South this weekend, it means the pair could come up against each other for the first time in their careers.
“It shows you have far guys like Ryan have came in such a short space of time that they have impressed the international bosses only a quarter into the season. Dunfermline had five players away last weekend with their countries and that emphasises how tough a task the game will be this weekend but it is one we are looking forward to.”
Queens sit five points off the Pars with this being the last game of the opening quarter in the SPFL Ladbrokes Championship.
“They have started the season strongly and have kicked on from last year since I left but we have a really strong squad this season here at Palmerston and we believe we can beat anybody in this league on our day. It has shown in the matches we have played so far; we have beaten Falkirk, we deserved so much more out of the Dundee United game while we lost to Morton due to an absolute worldie of a strike by the lad Quitongo. There is no reason to be despondent, we have started well and there is still a long way to go in the campaign.”