Manchester City fans would have to go back to the days when Paul Dickov led the line at Maine Road, or Colin Hendry first emerged as a youngster in the early 90s, to find the last time a Scottish player truly starred for the club.
But that situation could be set to change should the Premier League champions pursue a deal for Real Madrid’s teen sensation Jack Harper.
The Citizens have been linked to the player in the past few days after the 18-year-old caught the eye of the Etihad club during an impressive display for the Madrid side’s under-19 outfit.
Facing off against Swiss opponents Basel in the UEFA Youth League, Harper grabbed the limelight with a goal and an assist for Los Blancos.
Prior to that moment, the youngster had flown under the radar at the Bernabeu, despite moving to the club at the age of just 13 some five years ago.
City and Premier League rivals Liverpool, however, have known about Harper for some time, according to the Daily Mail, with the pair now thought to be preparing to duke it out for the highly-rated Scot.
Unlikely to feature for the Merengues’ first team any time in the near future, given the calibre of those players ahead of him in the Real pecking order, Harper could yet be open to a move back to the UK – provided he is given more first-team opportunities at his new club.
A switch to either one of Manchester City or Liverpool could also see the youngster earn a call-up to the full Scotland national team, as Gordon Strachan aims to take his side to Euro 2016 and a first major tournament appearance in some 18 years.
City will need to improve on their current record with young talent, however, if they are to convince Harper to join the club, with few of the Citizens’ academy stars ultimately making the step-up to the first team.
Denis Suarez , for example, departed the Etihad after failing to make a single first-team appearance in the Premier League in two years at the club.
Rated among the brightest young Spanish talents available, the 20-year-old opted to move to Barcelona B, where he features regularly – something that has boosted his development over the past 12 months.
Any bid from the Premier League is sure to give Harper plenty of food for thought.