TEENAGE Pars defender Ross Millen was happy to receive pass marks for his first start from his old man - because he knows a thing or two about debuts.

The 18-year-old is the son of veteran defender Andy Millen, who made 745 appearances for 11 different Scottish clubs during an incredible 25-year career that ended in 2011.

"He said I did OK," the younger Millen told Press Sport. "He always keeps me grounded though, he's not one to tell me I played really well whether I did or not. "He's had a lot of clubs, too many probably, but both he and my mum have been really great influences on me." Injury to Stephen Jordan forced Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies to shuffle his pack for Saturday's cup tie against Hamilton as Jordan McMillan moved to left back allowing Millen to come in at right back for his first appearance.

Unfortunately for the youngster it ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Pars but he was still thrilled to have made his debut in front of the East End Park crowd.

"I was over the moon when I found out I was playing," he told Press Sport. "I didn't find out until not long before the game, it all came together pretty quickly.

"The manager just told me to keep doing what I have been doing for the under-20s and I'd be fine.

"The other lads have been absolutely brilliant with me, it's great that they're willing to help me out." Millen was part of the Pars youth squad that travelled to Cyprus for two weeks last month.

"Cyprus was amazing, one of the best things I've ever been a part of," he said.

"I've never been abroad with a football team before so it was just an incredible experience.

"My goal this season was just to get involved as much as I can, so now I just want to play as many games as I can in the under-20s and do whatever I can to get a new contract at the end of the season."