Speaking to the Rangers website, veteran striker Kenny Miller has singled out three Scotland stars for praise, following the unsuccessful end of their qualifying campaign for Euro 2016.
Miller said: “We have a lot of good young players coming through to go with the experience of Steven Naismith, Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown who remember the demands that they were put under when they were a youngster.”
Fletcher, Brown and Naismith were all central figures in Scotland’s unsuccessful bid to qualify for Euro 2016, and it is likely that they will stay as part of the first-team set-up for the next qualification fixtures - the games that lead to the 2018 World Cup.
Miller, who is the seventh highest capped Scottish player of all-time, cannot take his place in Gordon Strachan’s side alongside his former teammates, but he is pleased that Fletcher, of West Brom, Naismith, of Everton, and Brown, who plays for Rangers’ rivals Celtic, are still key figures in the senior set-up.
They are all key players at their respective clubs - Brown and Fletcher are captains of Celtic and West Brom respectively, whilst Naismith is a fan favourite with Everton - and should stay central to any future Scotland success.
They possess a wealth of experience at the top level of the game domestically, whilst they all have played a number of games in European competitions at club level.
The only place they let themselves down is in their performances with Scotland, with the Tartan Army failing to qualify for a competition since the 1998 World Cup.
However, Miller believes things are looking up with the young players ready to break into the side, and he believes Brown, Fletcher and Naismith can play a key part in helping them develop into a top class team.