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Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:00

Scottish Youth FA releases guidelines on heading

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The Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA) has released a new guidance in relation to the use of heading within training drills and matches, at the development age groups.
 
Florence Witherow, National Secretary of the SYFA, stated: “The SYFA has previously recommended against training drills that encourage repetitive heading of the ball. However, in light of Dr Willie Stewart’s recent study into dementia risks in former professional footballers, we have updated and strengthened the advice to our clubs. Any drills which involve heading the ball should be removed from all training sessions for age groups up to, and including, under 11s (7 v 7 teams). As far as possible, heading the ball during games at this age group should also be avoided. We would also take this opportunity to remind all of our coaches and officials that if any player, at any age group, is suspected of having a concussion they must immediately cease playing in the game and should not re-join the match."
 
Witherow continued: "Coaches and officials are reminded of NHS advice on concussion and head injury, and should seek immediate medical advice if symptoms continue or worsen, or if a player is suspected of having lost consciousness. As well as the continuation of our own work in this area, we are keen to engage in further discussions with Dr Stewart around his findings and will continue to work closely with the Scottish FA to make any additional recommendations. The SYFA is committed to ensuring the safest environment possible for children and young people to play football. Although there is not yet a definitive link between heading the ball and brain injury, it is essential that we take the relevant precautions to best protect our players.”

Betting on soccer can be an exciting and innovative way to root for your favorite team. Many players are excited to bet on their favorite team this season, if you’re a big football fan, you should check out the latest footy offers. This article compiles the absolute best sites for football betting as of 2019. There are countless ways to root for your favorite team and betting on the game is a favorite for many. Soccer is known as football in most parts of the world, including the UK. Football betting sites help fans to get involved in their favorite teams. 



Bet365


Bet365 is one of the most popular and commonly used sites for soccer betting. The site has been top rated as it offers millions of fans the perfect place for their football bets. The site offers bets for leagues both located domestically and abroad. They offer an attractive welcome bonus for brand new sign ups. Therefore Bet365 allows players access to the best range of bets with other fans. A deposit of £5 is required to begin betting. However, users are able to receive up to £100 in bet credits. This is very important as bet credits can be used on all areas of the site. Football betting sites such as Bet365 are an interactive and unique platform for all types of soccer fans.



Unibet Football 


Unibet Football is another popular and highly rated site for soccer betting. They offer a welcome bonus to all new users. The benefits includes £40 cash back. Unibet has been one of the most popular sites for soccer betting as of recent. The site also allows users to bet on other leagues outside of the UK. This helps to make the process interesting as it provides a unique way to experience international soccer. This also helps to build an international fan base of a variety of different teams. Unibet football can be used at any time during the season. This helps as it enables more fans to connect and interact with one another. Encouraging healthy competition is a fun aspect of league bets. 



Coral Sports


Coral sports is another top site for soccer betting in the UK. The website offers incentives to new users that can be used as soon as the sign up process is complete. The site features an interactive platform for fans to bet on their favorite teams in the league. If fans want to bet on other leagues, they can easily do so through Coral Sports. Coral Sports offers versatility for existing customers as well. Coral Sports offers benefits for tournaments as well. This is a popular incentive that allows fans to place bets on their favorite tournaments. Tournaments are exciting matches for teams in the league. Coral Sports offers benefits and incentives for playoff games as well. As teams get closer to the finals, the bets typically increase as well. 



Ladbrokes Football


Ladbrokes Football is another popular website for bets in the United Kingdom. The benefit of Ladbrokes Football is in their versatility. The site offers all different bets, even for international leagues. International leagues are growing in popularity, especially in the UK. Some of the most popular bets placed on Ladbrokes Football include World Cup and championship bets. The World Cup often encourages many bets for the winning team. This is very important as it connects soccer fans with each other. There may be certain restrictions that apply to bet incentives. Therefore it is important to confirm which rules may apply to you before beginning a bet with the site. The site offers user-friendly set up and streaming for matches. They allow users to bet on the match as it streamed. This is a very unique feature not commonly offered. 



MansionBet Football 


MansionBet Football is a reputable betting site in the UK. They have been featured for their exciting bonuses such as £50 welcome voucher. This is very important as it allows new fans and users to experience all MansionBet has to offer. MansionBet has been able to support both local and international league bets. International bets feature a unique range of teams such as German leagues. The UK league also encourages fun bets for fan's favorite teams. Many loyal online users bet with MansionBets for their favorite teams. The latest matches are available on the official site. 

Friday, 07 October 2016 00:00

Top tips for youth football managers

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Photo by Markus Spiske temporausch.com / License
 
CAPTION: The matches might be early in the morning, but managing youth football is often worth waking up for.
 
Managing youth football can be challenging for a number of reasons, as coaching the game at this level is very different from doing so with older players. However, there are some ways to make managing at the youth level easier, while also making it more beneficial for the players that are under a manager’s watch. These tips are especially useful, as they can make the game both competitive and fun, while maximizing the chances of a player improving.
 
Go back to the basics 
 
In the youth football ranks, the most important thing that should be taken out of a player’s experience with a manager is that the manager aids in the development of that player. Wins and losses are important for developing competitiveness and helping players get used to different situations on the pitch, but the results of youth football are never going to be remembered by players who are good enough to go onto bigger and better competition. For this reason, going back to the basics and helping a player become the best they can be is the most important move that can be made. 
 
Going back to the basics consists of drilling the fundamentals of the game into players. Proper form when striking the ball, getting into position to block shots, and helping goalkeepers identify ball movements early are far more valuable than teaching players how to win in the short term. The primary fundamental skills will make youth footballers better players over the course of their entire lives, and are just a few of the building blocks that should be emphasized to make sure that players will remember their youth manager as the reason for their long-term improvement. 
 
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CAPTION: Proper ball striking technique is one of many things youth football managers should focus on over wins and losses.
 
Remember your audience 
 
When coaching youth football, the most important thing that a manager can do is to remember who you are working with. These are young people, who may not be as equipped to handle varying management styles as professionals are. This means that a youth football manager needs to work a little bit harder to understand the needs of each player individually to find out what type of leadership is needed for each person on the squad. Additionally, this means keeping a calm demeanor and avoiding the volume raising tactics that many senior managers utilize.
 
While it is often appealing to try and get the message across in a similar way to the ranting and raving professional football managers, a little perspective is warranted. Managers should remember that there are plenty of stranger things that might happen before their youth footballers become professionals. As a result, it's worth stepping back and remembering that making the game a positive experience is often more valuable in the long run than looking like a manager to the stars.
 
Put in the time 
 
Youth football managers likely have other things going on in their lives, with jobs and families to go along with their managerial duties. But choosing to be a manager means that a manager needs to put in the time to help make their players better, whether those players have youth national team aspirations or are just looking to have some fun playing the game they love. 
 
This is the least that a manager can do for their players, all of whom are looking to get better at their football, but are also hoping to feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves. That feeling is aided by camaraderie among teammates, but also from managers who take a personal interest in them both as players and as people. Even taking the time to find out what a player’s interests are off the pitch can have a lasting impact in their minds. 
 
There are, of course, many other things to consider for youth football managers. But these pieces of advice are particularly powerful in that they apply to all levels of the game. Managers at the youth level who can at least emphasize these ideas will put themselves in a position to have a team that both enjoys playing for them and can improve on a season by season basis. 

 
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

7 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Club Trials

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If you’re serious about becoming a rising star in the competitive sport that is football, then you need to make sure that you make a good impression at a club trial. They’re effectively your job interview, so you need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd and show yourself to be a viable option for your chosen club. Each club is different and has its own unique requirements, so be prepared to put a lot of hours in to researching the club and learning more about the way they work. Every trial is different, and coaches are looking for various skills and attributes from their team players, so it can take many trials and a lot of hard work before you finally achieve your place on the perfect team and are able to make your mark on the youth football scene.
In Scotland there is lots of emerging football talent, so you need to be prepared to work harder than anyone else in order to make a real name for yourself. It might seem like a lot of hard work, but the rewards will be worth it when you finally find a team that is practically family and are able to gain valuable experience that will help you to achieve your dreams and succeed in this glorious sport. Here are some tips on how you can show yourself to be an exemplary player and earn yourself a place on your favourite team.
 
Train Hard Before The Trial
Make sure that you put in the time and effort to get yourself to peak physical fitness before your trial. Working with a nutritionist and personal trainer will help you to really improve your performance and learn new habits that will ensure lasting results. Professionals will also know the exercises and techniques you need to practice in order to improve your football playing, not just your general fitness. Practice your game as well as exercising and improving your health so that you can really make your mark when you attend a trial. Don’t tire yourself out the night before your trial, but make sure that you are fit and healthy when you arrive so that you will be able to make a really good impression and perform to the best of your abilities.
 
Do Your Research Before You Attend
Every club has its own unique coaching and playing style, so make sure you find out more about the way the club works before your trial. Attend a few games and see how the players and coaches behave, how they react to certain situations and what tactics they use regularly. Speak to former players, fans and opponents so that you can learn any hints or tips on how to impress coaches and really fit in with the current team members.
 
Study Hard
Football is more than just a physical sport; you need to make sure that you know the latest rules, regulations and strategies. Governing bodies such as the Scottish Youth Football Association have resources that will allow you to keep yourself informed and make sure that you make the most out of every event, document and update out there currently. Use your knowledge to impress the coach at your trial and show them that you are committed to a career in football, rather than just a passionate player.
 
Consider Private Lessons
It can be easy to think that you know everything there is to know about football, but a private teacher could help you to improve your performance and really make a difference to your game. When trying out for a specific position, you need to understand the factors that the coaches are looking for and then hone those skills so that you are able to stand out from other players. Make sure that you find the perfect person who can really develop your potential and will understand the way you play and learn, so that you can improve quickly and get yourself ready to make your mark at your try-out. You can use Superprof to find a teacher you can trust to support you and drive you to play the best game you’ve ever played.
 
Kit Yourself Out
When attending a football trial, you need to make sure that you are comfortable, smart and safe. There’s no need to wear the team’s strip until you have been offered a place, so make sure that you simply wear comfortable clothes that are sweat-proof, stretchy and not too restrictive. Be prepared and carry a water bottle, waterproof clothing just in case the Scottish weather lets you down, and warm outfits that will keep you snug whilst you wait to be seen. Branded products can be expensive, so consider whether you are paying for quality or if you are merely paying for the label and make your choice accordingly. One important area to focus on when considering your outfit is your boots, as a quality pair will ensure that you are able to perform properly and won’t slip in the mud or damp grass. You should look at a selection of boots before making your choice so that you find the perfect pair to suit your position, style and requirements.
 
Have A Good Attitude
Coaches understand that fitness and skills can be enhanced with a little perseverance and hard work, but attitude is something that a player needs to have, so make sure that you show yourself to be a good team player who will be an asset to their team. If you show that you are passionate about football and enjoy your time playing, then you will make the coaches notice you and really see your potential. Should you make any mistakes, rectify it and then laugh it off, rather than getting upset and making a fuss, as this will show you to have a poor attitude and make coaches wary. Be respectful to other players and those also attending a trial at the same time so that you can prove that you will be a great member of your new team.
 
Take On Board To Any Feedback
Even if your trial does not go to plan and doesn’t lead to an offer of a place, make sure that you show a good attitude and ask for feedback so that you can make the most of the experience of attending a trial. After all, the coach has the experience to know where you could improve your game, and therefore you should take this feedback on board and use it for future reference. Remember not to be rude or stressed if you do not get offered a place on a team, as you may attend another trial in the future and you do not want to have burned your bridges simply because you are disappointed. The youth football scene in Scotland is close-knit and connected, so if you are rude to one person, they will tell others who may later come into contact with you. Also, many coaches and players move clubs, so you could encounter them later in a different position. Be positive and polite, so that if you do ever meet anyone from that club again they will have a positive memory of their time with you.

If you were trying to pick a Premier League team made up of all Scottish players you’d probably find it quite a challenge. The recent struggles of the Scottish national team have brought into sharp focus the need to get more players from Scotland playing in top European leagues or at least dominating at the top of the domestic game.

There is no reason why Scotland cannot be a more competitive nation given the examples of Northern Ireland and Wales over recent years yet something has prevented that success, or at least relative success, materialising at national level.

 
Looking at the players available, it is hard to see why the team has struggled quite as much as it has. Of course, Scotland does not have the number of superstars the likes of Germany, France and England can call upon but there is enough to at least have hope of qualification to a major tournament.
 

The goalkeepers

 
Given his performances last season, Sunderland’s Jon McLaughlin is a good choice. Playing for Sunderland, he will be used to the pressure of needing to perform every week and he has outstanding ability. Craig Gordon is experienced but not a long-term option and Craig MacGillivray at Portsmouth is improving all the time, so they can provide strong competition for the starting role.
 

The defence

 
The clear star in this Scotland team is Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson. He is a popular player in most fantasy sides regardless of nationality. Similar to the approach taken by many fans who play fantasy sports games with Paddy Power Fantasy - where you can choose from NFL, golf and football amongst others - building from the back is important, so having Robertson as one of the first picks is a good shout.
 
 
 
Greg Taylor is another up and coming youngster who has a bright future. His deadline day move to Celtic appears to be smart business by the Glasgow club with the Kilmarnock youngster also attracting interest from Sunderland, although he may have to play out of position considering the strength at left-back and the lack of it in the right-back role.
 
Charlie Mulgrew adds experience and a danger from set-pieces while Grant Hanley adds solidity. Kieran Tierney is the next star to head south after signing for Arsenal and he has to be in there somewhere, which suggests they need five at the back to make the most of their defensive talent.
 

The midfield

 
John McGinn is a class act and has to be the first name on the list for midfielders. He has been one of Aston Villa’s top performers since joining at the start of the 2018/19 season and played a key role in getting Villa into the Premier League.
 
 
Alongside him would be Scott McTominay. The Manchester United youngster still has to prove his ability at the very top but he has shown glimpses of his class. Ryan Fraser is one of the best wingers in the Premier League and is a must-have while Robert Snodgrass has a lot of experience so he is another potential option for either the wing or an attacking midfield role.
 

In attack

 
The standout choices here are pretty simple. James Forrest of Celtic alongside teammate Leigh Griffiths are very good players both technically and in terms of finishing. The other shoo-in striker has to be Sheffield United’s Oliver McBurnie who oozes talent and could be a class act for Scotland after Sheffield United paid £20m for the Swansea striker.

Great Tips that Competitive Football Youths can use


Whether an aspiring top flight footballer or an enthusiastic weekend player, every young footballer is keen to improve their skills. With the UK International Cup 2020 featuring 100 teams vying for victory, the youth game has never been more competitive. Here are some tips for both off and on the pitch to help sharpen up your performance.
 

Train Hard – but don’t overdo It
 

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If you’re serious about getting better then basic physical conditioning is a key area to work on. This is broadly in two areas: cardiovascular endurance, and strength. Although your average football match is 90 minutes, they can be longer due to injury and extra time. But there’s more to it than that.
 
You don’t want to be dead on your feet when the clock strikes 90 minutes, because you’ll be much less use to your team for the minutes preceding that. On the attacking side, if you’re still running at 95% and your opponent’s tank is empty in the last five minutes, that can be a great opportunity to seize the advantage and score because they’re out of it.

Strength training is a bit different, as this is about not getting muscled off the ball. It’s useful less often than aerobic fitness, but still important. Even going back to Roman legions, men trained with heavier weapons than their actual swords, so that they’d be better prepared for prolonged battles. And if they knew that two thousand years ago, there’s no excuse for not knowing the advantages of training hard today.

There is one major caveat I’d urge you to take seriously: don’t train too much. If you do this, you risk injuring yourself. When you’re injured, you can’t play and even your training will be severely curtailed, so you’ll go backwards instead of forwards. Don’t let macho nonsense drive you too hard, because it’ll just set you back.

Few things are certain in life, or football, so you’ve got to take your advantages where you can find them. Whether that’s on the pitch or enjoying a new bonus on football-themed slots. These latest bonuses include no deposit free spins to use on the slots, or even free bonus cash which can be used on a variety of games. It’s more than possible to withdraw free money, providing you meet wagering requirements and other terms and conditions which you can learn more about in the link above.
 

Mental Strength

It’s sometimes said, the strongest muscle in the human body is the heart. Football results can sometimes go a surprising way, and mental strength, whether that’s dealing with a match that’s turning out to be more difficult than expected or with a result that was against you, is important. A great man once wrote: how much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes?

If you’re dwelling on a dodgy refereeing decision, or when you feel you let the team down (or vice versa) your head isn’t where it should be. Focus on the things that are within your power to change, and work hard on improving them. Whether that means letting go of a past result, whilst still learning the lessons from it, or being patient getting back from injury and not rushing things (and making matters worse), a cool head will help you a lot, both on and off the pitch.

You can’t play if you’ve got a red card, or if you keep injuring yourself.


Be Age Aware

From small children to young adults, the youth game covers a wide range. Be aware of what’s appropriate for your age group so you don’t end up overdoing things, or aiming so high you’re going to fail and end up frustrated. The Scottish FA has put together a youth player pathway, which is a fancy way of saying it’s provided some advice for the various age groups, for both boys and girls.

 

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Humility

For a sport whose greats include Cristiano Ronaldo, this might seem a counter-intuitive point. But as pro Neill Collins advises (specifically when going for a trial, but it applies more broadly), humility is a good thing.

Forget football for a moment and think about a normal job. You’re hiring a secretary. Two candidates come in. Same experience and skill level, nothing to differentiate them. Except that one’s arrogant, and one’s respectful and humble. Who’s going to annoy the office more? Who’s going to create more of a workload, smoothing ruffled feathers? A harmonious office, like a happy dressing room, is a lot less work than one full of egos and bust ups.


Perseverance

You’re going to have setbacks, sooner or later. Nobody goes through football without making the odd mistake, or suffering injury. What matters is that you learn from errors, and keep going. Grit and determination can carry you a long way. It can be the difference between chasing down a late equaliser or just feeling too tired to put in enough effort. Just remember that results last a lot longer than the effort required to get them. A match is 90 minutes. But that winning feeling will stick around for a lot longer.


Pitch Points

Be there for your team mates, and if they make a small mistake, don’t go ballistic. You’ll make mistakes too sooner or later, and having someone scream at you isn’t going to make you feel any better.

You should show respect to the officials (even if you don’t feel it). If a decision’s 50/50 and you’ve rubbed the ref up the wrong way, that could alter the way the decision goes.

When you lose the ball, chase it back straight away. Even if you don’t win it back, you’ll keep the pressure on your opponent and stop him having time to think.

There’s plenty of competition in youth football, and a lot of emerging talent in Scotland. Great for spectators, and a stern test for younger players aiming to rise through the ranks. Just remember to try and have fun at the same time. Everything’s easier when you’re enjoying it.

 

Monday, 19 August 2019 17:03

Dundee United SC Festival 2019 - Photo Packages

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YFS was glad to have been invited to the Dundee United SC McDonald's Fun Day Festival last week. We are offering a number of photo packages and they are as follows. 
 
Bronze (£10) - 1 Team 6x8 Frame and 1 Individual 6x8 Frame
Silver (£20) - 1 Team 6x8 Frame, 1 Individual 6x8 Frame, 1 Keyring and 1 Magnet
Gold (£30) - 1 Team 6x8 Frame, 1 Individual 6x8 Frame, 1 Team 6x4, 1 Individual 6x4, 1 Keyring, 1 Magnet and Digital Downloads
 
To choose your photos follow the links below and make a note of the number of the photo you'd like. Our Office Manager will be in touch with everyone who has pre-ordered to confirm your chosen photos. If you do not hear from us please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
*Delivery addresses will be taken from paypal so please make sure they are up to date*
 
Festival galleries - https://www.yfsphotos.co.uk/f144957003
 
Packages
 
 
 
 

 

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The best no deposit bonuses at the casino are offered by large gaming portals. They give gifts not only to new customers, but also to regular players. Promotion can be received on a birthday, holiday or just like that. The player needs to fulfill certain conditions to withdraw promoted funds.

Online casino no deposit bonus is given with a wager — it’s a multiplier. It can be equal to 10, 30, 50 or more. The number tells the player how many times it is necessary to increase the gift to withdraw it.

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Novice gamblers are wary of a no deposit bonus at the casino. They consider it a ploy and a fraud, see only the negative sides. However, this type of promotion is beneficial to both sides.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:00

How to improve your football skills

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Football requires a great level of skill and the right traits to enjoy success in the sport. If you want to grow your core skills and iron out weaknesses, you must dedicate much of your time to improve to become a star player on the pitch.
 
Regardless of whether you are playing for a youth team or with your friends, there are actions you can take to become a better player. Read the below tips on how to improve your football skills.
 
Perfect Your Dribbling
 
Dribbling is one must-have skill that you can improve in your garden. It requires you to push the ball into an area where you can reach it, but a defender cannot, which is no simple feat.
 
To improve your dribbling skills, you must keep your head up and your eyes forward, instead of staring downwards at a ball. You also must aim to keep the ball near your feet, which can prevent the opposition from stealing it from you.
 
Practice Your Passing
 
It doesn’t matter if you are an excellent striker or great in goal, you’ll enjoy little success in the sport if you cannot accurately pass a ball to another player. While the pros make it look easy, the skill can only be gained with much practice.
 
For example, ask a friend or family member to help you master your skills when an opportunity arises. You also could place a cone or football ten yards away, which could simulate a teammate and aim to hit the object accurately. You never know, you could become so good that football fans will one day be backing your skills on the likes of Unibet.
 
Rather than waiting for training sessions, the BBC has created top tips for practicing your passing accuracy in your garden.
 
Tweak Your Trapping Skills
 
Excellent trapping skills are bound to wow your coach and will ensure you don’t spend a game on the bench. To effectively trap the ball out the air, you’ll need to kick the football as high as possible without losing control. When the ball is making its descent, use the top of your foot to settle it on the ground, but ensure it doesn’t bounce off your foot. It’s a skill that takes balance, speed and precision, so you’ll need to work hard to master it.
 
Boost Your Fitness
 
While dribbling, trapping and passing are essential skills to possess in football, you also shouldn’t underestimate the importance of exceptional physical fitness. If you don’t have the energy to use your skills for a full 90 minutes, it’s unlikely you’ll achieve your sporting goals throughout the years, such as playing for Rangers FC or Celtic FC.
 
Football can be intense and fast, and you need to be in peak physical condition to routinely run after the ball, tackle other players, and score a goal. To ensure you are in great health, you must work on both your aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels. As discussed on Footballscience.net, you will also need to work on your strength training.
 
As you will need to embark on sharp, short bursts of speed during a game, you should focus on interval training to support your anaerobic system. For example, you can start by running for 10 to 30 seconds, slowing down, and then jogging for another 30 seconds, which you should repeat at least five times.
Saturday, 09 August 2014 12:33

Will Young Talent End Scotland's Drought?

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For many years Scotland were not represented in the Premier League, with top-tier talent plying their trade at the top end of the division. Darren Fletcher was a rare presence for Manchester United in the middle of the park, but Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City looked elsewhere for their stars. However, stars are beginning to emerge to become key players down the league, which has resulted in the elite of the Premier League snapping up the talent for premium prices.
 
Andrew Robertson started the trend following his move to Liverpool. The Scotland captain has developed into one of the finest left-backs in the world and was crucial in the Reds’ triumph in the Champions League over Tottenham. Robertson’s performances and leadership ability have been seized upon and he dons the armband at international level. The 25-year-old is among a crop of talented players that will be determined to lead Scotland back to a major competition after a 21-year drought. Under new manager Steve Clarke, they could be worth a shout in the free football tips to qualify for Euro 2020, having guaranteed at least a shot in the playoffs.

 

Defence

 
A lot will depend on the performances of the group, although elements of the squad are beginning to play at a higher standard, which will only benefit the national team. Kiernan Tierney appears to be the latest player on the move and he could be destined for a transfer to Arsenal, where he could lock down the left-back position for the next decade at the Emirates Stadium. Only the performances of Robertson has nudged him to right-back for the national team, but versatility will be a key factor moving forward for club and country. Even if the move does not happen in the summer, at the age of 22, he is a prime spot in his career to wait for the right moment.

 

Midfield

 
 
The midfield is probably the most intriguing and could be the driving force behind a run to the Euros. John McGinn caught the eye of every team in Scotland during his time with Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League. Aston Villa managed to convince him to move south in a £3.5m deal and he was everything the club hoped and more in the middle of the park. His skill and combative play in the midfield was a vital element in their promotion to the Premier League.
 
The 24-year-old was even linked with a move to Manchester United for a fee in the region of £50m. His first season in the Premier League will be fascinating to watch. United could have paired him with Scott McTominay in their midfield. He broke into the team two seasons ago and continues to earn the trust and praise of his managers at Old Trafford. McTominay has the size and strength to become a lynchpin in front of the back four for the foreseeable future.

 

Forwards

 
Ryan Fraser has been a revelation for Bournemouth. Last season he created 14 goals for the Cherries, only Eden Hazard provided more assists in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has been one of the best attacking players in the league for the past three seasons, which has caught the attention of Arsenal among others at the top end of the table. Fraser added goals to his game in the 2018/19 campaign, notching seven strikes for Eddie Howe’s men. If he is able to maintain that standard of form for club and country, Scotland could be on to a winner in the final third.
 
Strikers are in short supply at the moment, although salvation could be on the way in the form of Oli McBurnie. He completed a £20m move to newly-promoted Sheffield United and will get a crack at the Premier League with the Blades, having been given brief opportunities by Swansea City. Clarke and his staff will be watching his progress with great interest to see whether he can rise up like Robertson.
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