"There's little Barry Bannan who's trained with us a few times and he looks a quality player," said Gardner.
"There's obviously my brother Gary, who's 16, and he's a really good player.
"Fans know that the academy lads will come in and give 110 per cent but I this gaffer will give players a chance.
"After seeing Nathan do so well, what's stopping people like Barry Bannan coming on and doing the same? Nothing."