Scotland youth chief Wotte: We have the best youngsters going round

Scottish Football Association youth development chief Mark Wotte suggests the future of Scottish football is bright.

National team manager Gordon Strachan said this week that he wanted to make a new Scottish hero but Wotte has indicated that there are plenty in the making in the U19 team.

“The Under-19s are currently the most talented group of all the national teams,” said the Dutchman.

“They play Belgium, England and Georgia and the winners of the group go to the European Championships in May. When I came here only Fraser Fyvie at that time in the Under-19s had first-team experience.

“Now in this group we have Callum Paterson at Hearts, Lewis Macleod and Barrie McKay at Rangers, John McGinn and Thomas Reilly at St Mirren.

“There is also Ryan Fraser at Bournemouth, John Soutar at Dundee United, Joe Chalmers and John Herron at Celtic. One of the things I have changed in Scotland is the age doesn’t matter. If you are 16 but good enough then you play with the Under-19s.

“Islam Feruz, it’s the same with him. Put him with McKay and Matthew Kennedy up front and Macleod just behind. Now that’s a good attack.

“The golden question is how we get these players through.

“It comes in waves, sometimes you have a good crop and then a not so good crop.”

 
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