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Back in the day it was standard practice for young players to pass their formative playing years at their hometown club or at least one based in their native country, before perhaps being farmed out further afield once their reputation in the adult game had been established.
All that is changing these days, with top teams recruiting fledgling talent to their books early on and then sending those same players out to foreign teams across Europe, where they can grow not only as a player but also as a man.
Here are just some of the Scottish youngsters who having made dream moves to Premier League or SPL clubs and who were then sent abroad to earn their stripes in the more technical European game.
Many Scottish youngsters are being asked to prove themselves in foreign lands
There are few better places to learn your trade than with the powerhouses of European football that are Bayern Munich.
That is the honour bestowed on 17-year-old Liam Morrison, who is currently plying his trade in the German champions’ youth teams, but is already being tipped for stardom whenever he gets to take his bow in the big leagues.
The Blue half of Liverpool has always been a hotbed of talent, with much of it also having Scottish roots, and Fraser Hornby is certainly in that mould.
However, the attacking midfielder has been something of a road warrior, having played in Belgium before then making a recent permanent move to French Ligue 1 side Reims. His game time has been limited so far this season, but he is not a bad man to lump a bet or two on when the French side do decide to let him spread his wings, because he has an eye for goal and a killer through ball. Reims fans will probably be hoping that happens sooner rather than later, with wise punters currently using their sports free bets to wager on Reims getting relegated this season rather than achieving anything positive.
Training and playing in a foreign language is just one of the major tests that these young players face
This 21-year-old terrier-like midfielder has been bounced between the youth setups at both Arsenal and Norwich, before heading abroad to see what he is made of in the Dutch second division with Telstar.
He is now back at Norwich where he has been racking up some impressive performances both in the Premier League 2 and the EFL Cup. It seems only a matter of time before Gilmour forces his way into the reckoning at Carrow Road or elsewhere in the upper echelons of European footy.
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The Scotland national team has hugely benefited over the last five years from the emergence of some talented young players who are now excelling for club and country.
Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay and Andrew Robertson are all examples of what can be achieved by young Scottish youngsters, if they have the talent and are willing to work hard.
Here is a look at three players who may well be the future stars of the Scottish senior team if they continue to develop in their careers.
Rangers youngster Kai Kennedy was recently called up to the Scotland under-19 team and it may not be long before he is fast-tracked through the different levels.
The 18-year-old made his debut for the Gers back in January when he came off the bench in their Scottish Cup tie with Stranraer. A number of clubs in the Premier League are thought to be monitoring Kennedy, including Sheffield United as they see a lot of potential in the Scot.
18-year-old Andy Winter had a dream debut for Hamilton earlier this year, scoring in his side’s 5-0 victory over Edinburgh City in the Scottish Cup. Winter has since featured for the Accies in the Scottish Premiership and is a player that Hamilton boss Brian Rice likes a lot.
The Scottish youngster is a forward who works very hard on the pitch. He has scored goals at every level he has played at. If he continues that trend in the Scottish Premiership, he could be set for big things.
Scotland have had some great forwards over the years and Winter may well be the next in line to shine for the senior team.
Good luck to all of the above three players as they strive to have a successful career in the game.
Why Are People Fond of Sports Betting?
- Entertainment is the biggest and most obvious reason. It can help to increase the value and level of entertainment that you enjoy. It is enjoyable to watch live sports events, but it gives you an adrenaline rush when you have placed your bets on a game. Betting seriously takes the whole experience to a new level altogether.
- Sports betting falls under the circle of competence for a lot of people. No matter what sport we love to watch, we have our favorite teams. We keep track of team news, about the players, their performance, and many aspects of the team. Isn't it?
- Sports betting nowadays comes with no limitations. So, whether you want to bet $5 or $5000, no questions asked. It depends on you regarding how much money you are planning to bet.
Why Play Team Sports?
The long-term benefits of playing team sports when you’re young are well documented and agreed on by psychologists and physiologists the world over. Not only do they promote a healthy lifestyle through exercise, but they’re more important than ever because they get your child away from their device screen and into the outdoors. They can instil valuable lessons for your child too, like how to work as an individual in a team who are all working towards a common goal. It can also promote a sense of belonging and comradery.
Awards Encourage Attendance
It can be difficult to keep a child motivated and interested in something, particularly as they reach the age when their social life starts to mean everything to them. Sports can quickly fall by the wayside and the value they get from participating in these sports can be lost. When there are trophy cups handed out at the end of competitions, seasons or tournaments, that motivation might persist, and your child will likely be more motivated to get up and get to that Saturday morning game. Once there, they’ll give their best effort in the hope of getting their hands on that trophy. There are some compelling reasons not to celebrate perfect attendance, but recognising improved and good attendance is encouraged.
Awards Encourage Their Best Effort
If you’re playing in a football team and the prospect of victory comes with the promise of a shining gold football trophy for first place, you’re going to make sure you bring your absolute best to every practice and game. By offering these awards, you’re offering incentive, which is the strongest known human motivator. Perhaps the alure of a trophy will motivate your child to put in that extra little bit of effort that their team needs to get over that finish line in first place. They offer a free personalisation service and plenty of unique designs. No matter what our interests, the idea of a trophy engraving featuring our name is going to appeal to us!
They Teach Humility
There are valuable life lessons to be learned when you are given an award, just as there are when you aren’t a recipient. One of the biggest lessons we learn in life is how to win or lose well. No matter how good we are and how well we do at something, we’re not always going to win, and learning how to lose gracefully and with humility is as important as winning. Being able to feel happy for someone who has beaten you and congratulate them earnestly is a very importantly life skill. On the other side of the same coin, knowing how to win with dignity without boasting and gloating is also a good lesson that team sports will teach you.
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Myth #1: The Bookmakers are Always at an Advantage
Myth #2: Match Predictions are Always Correct
Myth #3: Stats Tell You Everything You Need to Know
Myth #4: Promo Codes and Coupons are Useless
Myth #5: ATS or Against the Spread Data Has a Significant Predictive Value
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Some Teams are Already Returning to Training
Thanks to the easing of some restrictive measures initially put in place by the Scottish government, a handful of teams have once again been able to hit the pitch in order to hone their skills. These include youth organisations such as Edina Hibs, Dryburgh Athletic, EK Burgh United, and Edinburgh City FC.
However, we should also keep in mind that these training sessions are likely to be governed by certain safety measures in order to help guarantee that our young superstars are kept as healthy as possible at all times. It is nonetheless a foregone conclusion that these and other teams are quite eager to get back into the swing of things.
What Does the Scottish Government Have to Say?
The good news is that non-contact football training is already permitted. Still, thees matches can only take place in accordance with current measures such as maintaining the proper social distances and ensuring that gatherings do not exceed the maximum amount of participants.
All indoor sports facilities are slated to reopen on 31 August. Once again, the proper level of social distancing and the appropriate hygienic measures (such as face masks and hand sanitisers) must be present in order to remain open. In terms of ages, children up to 12 years old will be able to play contact football. Adolescents 12 years or older can only participate in non-contact games. Coaches can likewise work with younger players as long as the total number of participants does not exceed 30 at any given time.
A Sign of Things to Come?
While some adult-related sporting activities might have to be replaced with other games such as blackjack online, Scottish children and adolescents can once again enjoy all that football has to offer. However, we should also mention that the easing of prior restrictions could be easily put back in place if we begin to let our guard down.
Parents should be certain that their children are following all of the recommended hygienic and social distancing rules. In the same respect, adults are by no means exempt from the guidelines put forth by the Scottish government. With time and a bit of patience, the Scottish youth football season could begin return sooner as opposed to later.