In the last decade, Scotland has been consistently producing some good footballing talent. While the majority of these youngsters are still plying their trade in the domestic Scottish Premier League, the older generation is finding way into other top European leagues. Lethal striker Mousa Dembele swapped Celtic for Lyon at a young age, and from the look of things, he could have opened the doors for other younger talents.
As Scottish football continues to receive more attention globally, you can find a list of the best betting sites that cover different tiers in the country. In this article, we look at 10 upcoming Scottish players aged 20 and below. Number in brackets denotes age).
#1. Ross McCrorie (20) – Rangers
The young midfielder may not have seen as many minutes as he would have fancied under the tutelage of Steve Gerrard, but he has proved himself in the few he has got. After the recent draw with Kilmarnock, Gerrard was full of praise for the youngster, saying McCrorie was a good ‘performance enforcer’ in the making.
#2. Lewis Ferguson (19) – Aberdeen
At 18, he made 14 appearances for Hamilton before his transfer to Aberdeen. This season is already proving his breakthrough season with 30 appearances so far for the Dons.
#3. Callum Morrison (19) – Hearts
Hearts manager is not known to give youngsters too many chances, and when he does, he fully trusts you. There is a story about the right winger who has already made over 31 appearances in a Hearts shirt.
#4. David Turnbull (19) – Motherwell
He is a central midfielder, and a five-goal return so far this season is quite something for a 19-year old. He scored back-to-back winning strikes against Hibs and Dundee.
#5. Ryan Porteous (19) – Hibernian
As recently as December, it was Porteous who starred as Hibs frustrated giants Celtic and Rangers in successive matches. He is a no-nonsense defender who has often been criticized by opponents for his tough tackling.
#6. Ethan Erhahon (17) – St. Mirren
He made his debut for St. Mirren in November against Rangers in a game the Saints lost 0-2. He has since been a regular fixture, and he looks set for a big money move abroad in a few years.
#7. Connor McLennan (20) – Aberdeen
The Peterhead-born forward has already represented his country 12 times in different categories, most recently in the Under21 side. He plays for Aberdeen, where he has 35 appearances in-between two loan spells at Brenchin City.
#8. Fraser Preston (20) – Sheffield Wednesday
He has 4 caps in total in a Scotland shirt, but the Sheffield Wednesday young forward has a future if he can keep his head down.
#9. Cammy Gill (20) – Dunfermline Athletic
He is the only goalkeeper in the list, and that tells quite a story. He plays as a back-up keeper in the Scottish second tier side, and a lot is expected of the prodigy.
#10. Ben House (19) – Reading
House was born in Surrey, England, but he chose Scotland where he has already made 3 appearances for the U20 and U21 sides. He is currently on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge.