Hearts ace Callum Paterson headed the Jambos in front against Barclays Premier League side Everton on Sunday, but the Toffees ran out 3-1 winners in the end.
After opening the scoring in the nineth minute, the Merseyside outfit hit back with a hat-trick from £28m Belgian star Romelu Lukaku in what was both a glamour friendly and a bit of a footballing lesson that the young Jam Tarts stars will have learned greatly from.
“That was a great experience for us,” said the flying full-back. “It was a really tough match against full-fledged international players with years of time at the top level, so it was a good indicator of where we currently stand and what we must do to improve.
“You play against guys like, for example, Colin Nish and similar players who you consider to be big and strong guys, and then you run into someone like Romelu Lukaku, who’s only two years older than me but I’d need to put on about 8 stone of muscle to get close to his size.”
Callum also revealed that he relished the chance to witness one of his footballing heroes in action, as Irish international full-back Seamus Coleman bombed down the right side of the park to great effect.
“It just shows the difference between where we are, and where we’d like to get to. I was watching how Seamus Coleman plays at right-back, I love how he plays so it’s brilliant for me to see that because it’s my aim to be as good as that one day.”
Despite their megabucks line-up, however, the nine-time English champions made something of a schoolboy error by asking diminutive midfielder Leon Osman to pick up Scotland call-up Callum at the first corner of the match.
Paterson rose above a defence including England internationals Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry and John Stones to bullet home a header in a memorable moment for the Riccarton graduate.
“Heading’s one of my strong suits, and I don’t think they knew that because they put Leon Osman on me at the corner! It was a great delivery from Kev (McHattie) and it was great to see it go in.”