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McCLAIR WELCOMES CADDEN, MORGAN

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FORMER Scotland international Brian McClair has welcomed the introduction of youngsters in Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad.

The ex-SFA Performance Director, who left after a year in the post, believes Big Eck’s strategy will be crucial for their development and also the future of Scottish football.

Motherwell midfielder Chris Cadden and Celtic winger Lewis Morgan have been promoted from the Under-21 set-up for friendlies against Peru in Lima – kicking off at 2am UK time on Wednesday – and Mexico at the Azteca (1am Sunday)..

Former Celtic and Manchester United frontman McClair, who also played for the Fir Park outfit, said: “It does no harm for them to be involved and playing against top players. It gives you a different view, particularly the ones who are not involved in European games.

“If any team is buying a player, they have to have a plan of exactly what they are going to do with them. And again that’s down to opportunity.

“If you’re talking about Kieran Tierney, there was an opportunity – Celtic needed a left-back. He came in, did very well, continued to do very well and has made that position his own.

“You have to have a belief in what you are doing with young players and more and more I think that is going to be prevalent in the next couple of seasons.

“The opportunity presents when clubs need you to play. A lot of that comes down to economic circumstances. The more young Scottish players are promoted into first-team squads, it will be of huge benefit to Scottish football.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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