Kingsley aiming to end memorable month on a high
22nd March 2016
Stephen Kingsley is swapping club for country this week as he looks to round off what he has described as the best month of his career.
The young defender got his first taste of English football's top flight at the Emirates Stadium as the Swans secured victory over Arsenal before starting the 1-0 home win over Aston Villa last weekend after an injury to Neil Taylor.
The 21-year-old will now link up with the Scotland Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifiers against France (March 24) and Northern Ireland (March 29) as he looks to cap a memorable few weeks.
"It will be nice to end the month on a high," said Kingsley. "And it's probably been the best month of my career so far.
"To play in front of almost 60,000 people on my Premier League debut was a brilliant feeling. To win the game, when most people didn't give us much chance, was the most important thing though.
"I'll now meet up with the rest of the Scotland squad on Tuesday so to go away and play games for my country will top it off."
After his Premier League bow against Arsenal, Kingsley turned in another accomplished display in the win over Aston Villa that saw Swansea move ten points clear of the bottom three.
The Swans return to action with a trip to Stoke after the international break, but the former Falkirk man was pleased to make his first start on home soil.
"It was great to make my home debut," he said. "It was a scrappy game, but the most important thing was the three points and we were delighted to get them.
"The Arsenal game was more about mental toughness because of the players you are up against, and that sort of took care of itself.
"But playing at home brought the challenge of getting the three points - in front of the home fans - and knowing how vital it would be.
"The job isn't quite over yet, we still have points that we need to pick up but it is a great stepping stone in terms of where we want to be."
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