A NEILSTON schoolgirl has netted praise from football star Andy Robertson after designing the mascot for his charity.

Ten-year-old Amy Elrick's creation – featuring a smiling cartoon face on a giant goalkeeper's glove – was chosen as the winner of a competition launched by the Liverpool and Scotland ace, who hails from East Renfrewshire.

It will be used at various events organised by AR26, which takes its name from Andy's initials and the number he wears on his Liverpool shirt.

Gerard Curley, headteacher at Neilston Primary, said he is delighted that Amy’s artistic talents are being recognised by the charity.

He told the Barrhead News: "We were so keen for our pupils to participate in this competition, as the charity’s vision and mission are so important to young people.

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"AR26’s values of respect, honesty and ambition mirror three of our six values at Neilston Primary and we also share the desire to put a smile on the faces of children in these tough times.

"I cannot think of a better winner of the mascot competition. We hope the charity continues to thrive and we are glad Neilston Primary can play a small part in its work.”

Scotland captain Andy, who is from Clarkston and went to school at St Ninian's High, in Giffnock, set up AR26 with his partner Rachel.

It provides children across Scotland with access to free football training, support and job opportunities to ensure they have an 'equal playing field,' regardless of their gender, race or background.

A number of worthy causes are also being supported by AR26, including Back to SchoolBank East Renfrewshire, which makes sure local pupils can afford new uniforms and, during the winter, warm coats, hats and gloves.

The mascot competition was open to young people across Scotland aged 17 or under.

Amanda Nisanci, head of partnerships at AR26, said the design submitted by primary six pupil Amy is a worthy winner.

She added: “We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and the amazing talent of young people across Scotland and would like to thank everyone who entered.

"Amy’s design was a firm favourite with our founder Andy and the judging panel and we are delighted to showcase it for the very first time and pass on huge congratulations and thanks to Amy.

"As a charity with young people at the heart of everything we do, it was only fitting that our mascot was designed by a young person. We now embark on the difficult challenge of naming our mascot and look forward to all the suggestions.

"Most importantly, our mascot is ready and raring to go as we embark on the Virtual Kiltwalk weekend and our very exciting Football for All programme, which launches next week."

For more information about the charity and the work it does, visit here.