Scottish youngsters come too cheap for English clubs – Aberdeen’s Brown

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown believes young Scottish players are purchased too cheap by English clubs.

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown believes young Scottish players are purchased too cheap by English clubs.

In recent years, the Dons have lost the likes of Chris Maguire to Derby County, Jack Grimmer to Fulham and Fraser Fyvie to Wigan Athletic for minimal fees and Brown feels there needs to be more protection from FIFA when homegrown talent departs Scotland.

"It will happen again for sure," said Brown who faces losing Ryan Fraser after the young gun rejected a new Aberdeen contract.

"If we could stop it happening we would stop it.

"My decision to stop it is at FIFA level. The compensation should be far, far more.

"The English clubs can take a gamble on them and make the boys starry-eyed with a bigger wage.

"If they had to pay compensation commensurate to a transfer fee it would act as a bit of a deterrent.

"It wouldn't stop them because, I keep saying this on Celtic's behalf, it's an uneven playing field in Europe.

"They get a couple of million from television and the top clubs in the English Premier League get £67million.

"I appeal to FIFA. They made the rule about compensation and for that they deserve credit.

"Now review it, do an analysis and see what little players have gone for, and say 'that was a steal, we must make it a reasonable amount'."

 
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