Who is Scottish football’s next big thing? Who could be the next James McFadden or Andy Robertson? Here at Youth Football Scotland we’re casting our eye over the main SPFL teams to find just who’s on the cusp of breaking out, as the kick off to the 2017-18 league season edges ever closer.
Here, we provide some insight on the exciting prospects at Motherwell FC.
A product of the Motherwell Academy, Ross Maclean was born on March 13 1997, the first example of two up-and-coming local talents. Maclean has made nine appearances for the first team, with eight of them coming in the previous season where he massively impressed with his dynamic and fearless style of play. The 20-year-old midfielder impressed so much that it earned him a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the club. Maclean will look to build on the success of the previous season and as he aims to feature regularly in the first team.
Another product of Motherwell’s youth setup, and perhaps a better known one, is Chris Cadden. The right winger had already made the breakthrough to the first team two seasons ago, but he became a real bright spot for the Lanarkshire side in what proved to be a rather lacklustre 2016/17 season.
Also born in Bellshill, Cadden made his Motherwell debut as a substitute in a 4-1 win over Hearts on March 1 2014. A year on from making his debut, he was then loaned out to Albion Rovers for the remainder of the 2014/15 season, which saw him score two goals in eight games. Cadden returned to Motherwell the following season where he made 21 appearances for the first team.
The 2016/17 season not only saw Cadden become a first team regular with 36 appearances, he also earned a call-up to the Scotland Under 21 squad where he made his debut against Ukraine. The midfielder will be looking to make the step up from young player to key man this season, and will continue to push for more opportunities at international level.