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By Ryan Rowe
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Scotland's young guns took on Sweden last night, winning a remarkable game 3-2 and coming back from 2-0 down in the process. Here, we provide an in-depth look at how the players rated to let you know about their performance, and a little bit about themselves too. They are the future of Scotland, the next generation of stars - and they did us proud!

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Scotland v Sweden u19's1: Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)

Jack flapped at a couple of crosses during the game and spilled a long range shot in the opening fifteen minutes, but recovered to put in a fairly decent performance and remained fairly solid in his kicking. The highly-rated Hearts keeper could do nothing about either of the goals - the first was a wicked OG and the second was a superb strike from Soderstrom.

Scotland v Sweden u19's2: Jack Grimmer (Fulham)

Pass success rate - 70%. Successful tackles/blocks/interceptions - 6

Grimmer started his career at Aberdeen, making his debut in April 2010, becoming the youngest ever player to play for the club when he came on as a substitute against Rangers, aged 16 years, 2 months and 13 days. Since then he has moved to Fulham, and been tipped as one of Scottish football's most promising prospects. He made four league appearances for Aberdeen and his continued to develop at Fulham. Last night, Grimmer played fairly well at right back but his versitality showed when moved to centre back in the second half and he played even better. Sweden's wingers had him chasing at times but in the second half he was calm, composed and solid in the heart of defence. He made a crucial sliding interception on 65 minutes to cut out a penetrative through ball.

Scotland v Sweden u19's
3: Steven Kingsley (Falkirk)

Pass success rate - 71%. Successful tackles/blocks/interceptions - 5

Kingsley is a benficiary of Falkirk's acclaimed youth system and has made over fifty appearences for the first team since breaking through in 2012. For Scotland, he made his fourth appearance for the under 19s last night. The left back used the ball well and linked up nicely with Matthew Kennedy. Always looking to go forward, he had a couple of inviting crosses go unmet by his team mates while remaining competent in his defensive duties.

Scotland v Sweden u19's
4: Stuart Findlay (Celtic)

Pass success rate - 70%. Successful tackles/blocks/interceptions - 3

Findlay will acknowledge he has played better, but nonetheless was steely at the back for the Scots. Despite being guilty of losing possession a couple of times the centre back was never turned or beat for pace. Subbed for Mark O'Hara in second half. Stuart is part of Celtic's under 20 squad. 

Scotland v Sweden u19's5: Alex Davey (Chelsea)

Pass success rate - 90%. Successful tackles/blocks/interceptions - 4

Coming from a team like Chelsea - who he has been with since age 11 - was always going to put pressure on the big centre half but Davey coped well and played well. Barring a freak own goal, caused by a miskicked clearance, the defender used the ball very well and proved he was comfortable in possession as well as a strong tackler, doing so efficiently. He appeared 12 times for the youth team as a schoolboy, scoring once, and made his reserve team debut as a substitute against Manchester United in April 2011. In 2011/12, he came into the Youth Cup side as the campaign progressed and was manager Adi Viveash's pick of the players in the second leg of the final as the trophy was won. Alex also started his first reserve game and signed two-year professional terms in July 2012. Playing alongside another Scotland hopeful in Islam Feruz can only be good for Davey - and the rest of us.

Scotland v Sweden u19's6: Jay Fulton (Falkirk)

Pass success rate - 85%.

Jay is another graduate from the Falkirk system and has made over thirty appearances for Falkirk since his debut 2010, and enjoyed a good game last night. Combative and accomplished on the ball, he looked to create chances and move the ball about early on. Played vital part in Mark Beck's goal with his ball through to Jamie Lindsay from the corner of the 18 yard box. 

Scotland v Sweden u19's7: Barrie McKay (Rangers)

Pass success rate - 74%. Dribbles completed - 11/13

McKay made his debut for Rangers last season against St Johnstone and has gone on to become an intergral part of All McCoist's side in the Third Division this year, playing a part - either as a sub or a starter - in all but two of the games played. He has gained many plaudits for his flair and can play as a striker, supporting striker or a winger. He was deployed on the right wing last night and continued to raise his profile with a decent performance, showcasing his pace and tricks in the process. His influence increased as the game went on after being a bit-part player in the first half at times. He put in some good crosses and cut inside often, allowing his team to keep possession. Great run and dribble into the box on 80 minutes, but his cross wasn't converted. Grabbed the winner with a 'right place, right time' finish, stroking home from close range following a corner.

Scotland U19s vs Sweden U19s
8: Jamie Lindsay (Celtic)

Pass success rate - 85%.

Another feature from Celtic's youth squad, 17 year old Lindsay worked well in the middle with Fulton and Celtic pal John Herron and laid on an assist with an inch-perfect cross for Mark Beck.

A creative force in the middle, Lindsay was subbed after a good display which seen him go on a couple of nice dribbles through the middle. Can be proud of his display.

Scotland U19s vs Sweden U19s9: Denny Johnstone (Celtic)

Pass success rate - 50%. Shots - 1

The physical Celtic front man cut a frustrated figure up front before being hooked for Beck in the second half. He used his strength and pace well but never seen enough of the ball to make a real impact. Sheparded and hounded by Sweden's defence, who were probably aware of his growing reputation as a danger man within Celtic and Scotland. Has plenty of promise.

10: John Herron (Celtic)
Scotland v Sweden u19's
Pass success rate - 90%.

Stood in as Captain for the night and put in a very polished performance. Very rarely, if ever, gave the ball away and looked effortless as he glided from box to box. Really began to control the game and dictate play after the half hour mark passed as he became more involved. He patrolled the middle of the park and put in a mature performance, building on his already glowing reviews. The Celtic website describes him as "one of the most promising talents in the Youth Academy". After a brilliant campaign last year, playing the majority of his games on the wing and on the right of a three-man midfield he helped to provide a scoring threat for the team, taking his tally into double figures. His leadership qualities have been evident at club level also, having captained both the Celtic 16s and 17s to cup glory. He currently plays for the Celtic Development squad alongside the likes of first team fringe players Patrik Twardzik.

Scotland U19s vs Sweden U19s
11: Matthew Kennedy (Everton)

Pass success rate - 78%. Dribbles completed - 10/12

The highly-rated Everton wing kid moved south from Kilmarnock on the final day of the transfer window in August 2012, after making fourteen league appearences for the Rugby Park side. Kennedy was Scotland's bright spark in the opening exchanges, and he continued to play well throughout. With plenty of neat, short dribbles and some teasing crosses, Kennedy was a handful for Sweden and he also used the ball well, and was not afraid to put a foot in when needed. The 18 year old is currently playing for former Celtic man Alan Stubbs' under 21 squad, but as of his move to Everton, he had also made 13 appearances and scored four times for the Under 17s. Kennedy was called up to the senior team as an unused substitute for the match against Reading on 18th November 2012.

Scotland U19s vs Sweden U19s
14: Lewis Kidd (Celtic)

Pass success rate - 70%.

Came on during the second half and showed a couple of glimpses of quality.

Didn't have much time to influence things but showed he can be a danger going forward.

Another member of the Celtic contingent with a bright future.

16: Mark Beck (Carlisle United)

Scotland v Sweden u19'sPass percentage 70%. Shots - 2

Beck was born in England but qualifies to play for Scotland through relatives, and proved his potential importance to the cause last night with a crucial goal at a crucial time. He timed his run perfectly to get on the end of the cross and showed great determination to slide it home. Beck has made 26 league appearences for United and scored four times, and also netted agsint Ipswich in the League Cup last year. Won the majority of his header and enjoyed more luck against the Swedish back four than Johnstone.

17: Billy King (Heart of Midlothian)

Pass success rate - 50%. Dribbles completed - 2/3

Another who came on and showed what he can do in spurts. Had a testing shot following a run where he cut inside from the right and saw it fizz wide of the post, proving why he is one of the most exciting talents in the capital right now.

19: Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock)

Pass success rate - 70%. Dribbles completed - 2/4

Chris has a good reputation at youth level and built on that last night. Coming on in the latter stages he showed flashes of flair and skill - combined with quality. Has made three appearences for Killie since last season. Had a teasing cross go unmerited late on.

22: Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock)

The tall Killie defender came on at half time and showed why he has featured on three occasions for Kenny Shiels in the league this term. Played well at right back and showed he has the ability to get up and down the wing from defence. Used the ball well and was solid.

Man of the Match - Barrie McKay

The Rangers lad grabbed the winning goal to round off an exciting performance. The stadium buzzed when he got on the ball, urging him to beat players as he grew in confidence from the first half. Taken off with ten minutes to go to a standing ovation.