Scotland no.2 McGhee urges top kids to be patient like Southampton’s Lallana

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee has implored the country’s promising youngsters to have patience in regards to their playing careers.

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee has implored the country’s promising youngsters to have patience in regards to their playing careers.

As rumours continue to circle regarding some of Scotland’s finest talent possibly exiting their current clubs this summer, McGhee has called for calm.

Dundee United trio Andrew Robertson, Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Gauld, as well as St Johnstone ace Stevie May, are all attracting interest from other clubs but McGhee is hoping they stay put for the time being.

The former Aberdeen, Celtic and Newcastle United striker feels there needs to be more patience shown in Scotland, just like there has been at Southampton, who have seen homegrown players like Adam Lallana emerge as genuine superstars.

“Southampton are a great example of that. I watched them in League One, the Championship and now I’m seeing them in the Premier League,” McGhee told the Daily Record.

“There are a lot of the same players and some of them, such as Lallana, were getting mentioned with other clubs.

“I’m sure when Lallana was in League One there were Championship clubs knocking on the door.

“It wasn’t Liverpool or Arsenal or Tottenham but he stuck it out. That group developed into established Premier League players. Now they’re in demand.

“They are going to be going to the big clubs. That is possible. I know it’s a different set-up up here but these boys can only benefit from playing games. If they are good enough to go down south and go into a team at a really good level then who can say that is the wrong thing to do?

“We want boys playing at a high a level as possible. But I think for their education it doesn’t do them any harm whatsoever to be playing for teams such as United.

“Like Southampton that is a team which is only going to get better and better. They will benefit from that.

“Those players now have to develop and keep playing. It’s fantastic these United boys are getting seasons and a lot of games under their belt.

“It’s more of an education than practically any amount of training. Stevie May will also benefit in the long run and get that sort of chance if he keeps doing what he is doing at St Johnstone.

“They are becoming real players having played towards 100 games by midway through the campaign.

“The only barrier to it is money. If someone comes along and puts a wedge down then it is hard.

“The players have agents and the financial conditions within the Scottish game are difficult.”

 
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