Rangers and Everton both have Scottish talents set for bright futures.
SFA performance director Malky Mackay has told The Scottish Sun that he wants to push forward Rangers duo Glenn Middleton and Dapo Mebude, as well as Everton striker Fraser Hornby.
Scotland haven’t been at a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France, but there is renewed hope that a bright era is on the horizon.
The likes of Kieran Tierney, Andrew Robertson, Ryan Fraser, James Forrest and John McGinn have been playing at a high level for some time now, and there are even younger talents coming through too.
Oliver Burke, Scott McKenna, David Bates, Ross McCrorie, Allan Campbell, Jake Hastie, David Turnbull and Billy Gilmour are all talents expected to be fixtures of the Scotland setup for years to come.
Now, the SFA’s performance director Mackay has hailed Chelsea prodigy Gilmour, but has also picked out some other prospects he’s excited about.
Mackay noted that Rangers duo Glenn Middleton and Dapo Mebude are two players Scotland want to push forward, alongside Eveton striker Fraser Hornby.
“Billy is a big talent but he is one of many at various levels that we want to push forward,” said Mackay. “Glenn Middleton at Rangers and Fraser Hornby from Everton are two others that immediately come to mind. Dapo Mebude from Rangers is another one but there are so many who are progressing,” he added.
Middleton is around the Rangers first team under Steven Gerrard whilst Mebude is waiting for his big break, and Hornby is yet to feature in the Premier League for Everton.
Loan moves for all three next season may actually benefit them – and Scotland – greatly as they look to the future, with regular first-team experience needed for the trio if they are to fulfil their potential.