Sheffield Wednesday: McCabe sets double target

Rhys McCabe in action in the 3-0 win at Stockport on Tuesday
Rhys McCabe in action in the 3-0 win at Stockport on Tuesday
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Owls midfield player Rhys McCabe is on a mission for club and country as he prepares for the new season.

His main goal is to earn a place in the Wednesday side - and if he does that then he has a fine chance of a spot in the Scotland Under 21 team.

That would also put him in line for the game against England Under 21s at Bramall Lane on August 13.

McCabe hopes that he can help Wednesday to challenge for promotion.

The 20-year-old made 16 league starts and six appearances as a sub in his first season in English football after his move from Rangers.

But he would like to add substantially to that. He told The Star: “That’s the gaffer’s decision. My ambition is to play more games and contribute to winning and hopefully getting us promotion.”

Already he is no stranger to international under 21 football and is aiming to aid the Scots’ campaign for the next European championships:

“I’ve just got to keep performing on the pitch and hopefully I’ll get a call.

“There’s a strong squad; a lot of the lads who played in the under 21s’ last campaign played first-team football; that’s the main thing.

“If I can cement my place in the (Wednesday) team. there’s no reason why I won’t be picked.”

McCabe also has another spicy date coming up - against Rangers at Hillsborough on July 24, his 21st birthday, when he may well get some stick from the Rangers fans because he quit Ibrox to join the Owls last summer.

He said: “It will be different! A lot of friends and my family are Rangers supporters. It will be a weird time for me, but one I’m relishing and really looking forward to.”

But he knows he could get some flak from the away fans at the Hillsborough game

“You’re going to get stick, no matter what! I’ve just got to try and ignore that and get on with my own game.

“I still talk to a lot of the boys who are playing for Rangers; I grew up with them. It will be good to see them as well.”

He feels that pre-season is going smoothly: “We’ve been back a week and a half and the lads have done really well.”