Kris Boyd has claimed Scotland should put their faith in youth and build the team around Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour.
The Sky Sports pundit and Kilmarnock striker urged the national team to copy Wales by throwing their top talent into the side as teenagers and giving them the opportunity to lead the next generation.
“It might take them some time to get to grips with international football but I’ll bet that in three or four years, when they have 30 caps each, they’ll be dominating,” Boyd told the Scottish Sun.
“Think about it, Berti Vogts got hammered for pitching James McFadden and Darren Fletcher into his team as kids but they flourished.
“Why don’t we do that now with someone like Billy Gilmour who is the next big thing at Chelsea? Or Fraser Hornby at Everton who is the type of physical player we’re crying out for.
“Why aren’t we brave enough to take that chance? It’s not like things could be any worse.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gilmour is still only 17 and does not turn 18 until June. Nor has he ever been named in a Chelsea matchday squad, never mind actually played for the senior side. But, as Callum Hudson-Odoi demonstrated with his sparkling performance on his first England start on Monday night, fringe club roles need not be a barrier to delivering the goods on the international stage. Capped eight times by Scotland at Under-21 level, Gilmour is a wonderful young talent who has developed impressively since quitting Rangers in the summer of 2017 to head south of the border and join one of Europe’s elite clubs. Gilmour has been a regular in Premier League 2 for Chelsea Under-23s this season, scoring five goals from 16 matches, and also made his mark at European level with a hat-trick against Molde in a Uefa Youth League encounter. He is a seriously talented youngster with the potential to be a star for club and country.
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