Scot Gemmill believes the future is bright for Scotland – but only if the club owners have faith in their kids.
The manager of the U21 team thinks that the national talent production line is producing goods but it is frequently stopped when it comes to first teams.
Gemmill has seen key members of its team work their way up the ranks with stars like Nathan Patterson, Aaron Hickey, Lewis Ferguson, Allan Campbell and Ross McCrorie all being sentence-level regulars, respectively. club.
But the current season is finding it difficult to get game time in the Premiership and beyond and Gemmill admits it is harder to produce players for Steve Clarke’s top team unless they have weekly opportunities at domestic level. .
Captain under the age of 21 – who has been called up Rangers beat the kids Alex Lowry and Leon King for his double header against Belgium on Sunday and Denmark next week – said: “Nobody knows more than me that there are talented young players.
“What I want to emphasize is that it also has to be witnessed at the club level. Young players must be given the opportunity to play.
“It is an important part of the development that we all need to see.
“It needs to be more than that. You need more young players to play earlier but it’s easy for me when I don’t manage a club.
“I have a different goal but you judge yourself against the best young players in Europe.
“They’re playing and we need our players to play.”
Dundee United are among the clubs willing to give young players a chance, as the Tam Courts boss called up Archie Meekison, Ross Graham and Kieran Freeman alongside Scotland’s Chris Mochrie before that.
Gemmill says: “One hundred percent but I’d say it’s a bit more than that.
“It’s not just about the manager, it’s about the alignment of the club.
“It has to come from the beginning and there has to be a strategy where they know they can develop players.
“It shouldn’t just be with the manager.
“It takes a club philosophy to develop players whether it’s a strategy of selling players to make a profit or to win trophies.”
Gemmill reckons his team’s growth will be boosted against Belgium and Denmark – even if away clashes will be tough.
Scotland’s kids have already qualified for Euros with two games left but the manager wants his young players to make the most of the opportunity to come back up against a top opponent.
“Of course it will be difficult but that is exactly what we want for the players,” he said. They are here to gain experience playing against players of that caliber and to show they have the intelligence to play tactically in the game scheme.
“We worked on the game plan yesterday and today and now it depends on the players.
“We did very well at Tannadice (in the 0-2 loss). We don’t just sit in one place.
“We were up against them, facing three Belgian defenders and there wasn’t much in the game.
“We conceded a penalty right before half-time. Then they scored again very late.
“We played against opponents at the Champions League, Europa League level. The nature and caliber of the show is quite good.
“It gives us confidence that we can prepare properly and do it again on Sunday.
“You have to gain something from every game. There are different goals. If we are facing teams of 5 or 6 then we have to show different goals from game to game tactically.
“We want to win games, create chances and score goals but also not concede.
“Playing against pot 1 and pot 2 teams, of course there is still a need to create chances and score goals but you also have to defend really well.
“It’s all right in training, saying the right things in team meetings, but you need to do it right in the game when it really matters.”