Nottingham Forest's Oliver Burke picked out as key to Scotland's future success

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Scotland coach Scot Gemmill is keeping an eye on Oliver Burke.

Scotland youth coach Scot Gemmill is keeping a close eye on the progress of Nottingham Forest whizkid Oliver Burke.

Burke, 18, is already making an impact for Forest's first team, and his national coaches are impressed.

Gemmill wants to see him given even more playing time under Dougie Freedman's side.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Gemmill said: "Oliver Burke scored for Nottingham Forest during the week. Adam Frizzell started for Kilmarnock and Kevin O’Hara has been doing well for Falkirk.

“My hope is obviously that as many of them get as many minutes playing for their first teams as they can over the next year."

He went on to add: "From my point of view and for Scottish football as a whole, is that there’s now a greater depth of talent than there has been. That has to bode well."

Scotland were the only home nation not to qualify for Euro 2016, and focusing on youth is seen as the key to their success in the future, having been unable to reach a major tournament since the 1998 France World Cup.

Earlier this year, Freedman compared Burke's potential with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, the Nottingham Post reported.

The teenager has made two Championship starts for Forest this season, and two substitute appearances, scoring one goal.

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