19 promising youngsters competing in Scotland’s lower leagues
Over the years, the Scottish lower leagues have been a breeding ground for numerous young talent.
By Ben Robertson
Monday, 15th April 2019, 12:49 pm
Updated Monday, 15th April 2019, 3:54 pm
The 6'5 imposing striker struggled for game time at Peterhead where he was behind experienced campaigners Rory McAllister and Derek Lyle. However he showed glimpses of his ability and moved up a division to Montrose in January
Here we look at 19 promising youngsters currently developing in the Scottish Championship, League One and League Two.
The 21 year-old is currently on loan at Ayr United from Celtic. He has made a total of 31 appearances for the Championship side and has made a name for himself after keeping 14 clean sheets this season.
Released by Partick in the summer, the striker has proven himself at Raith by becoming top scorer in League One, and is just one goal away from hitting 30 for the season.
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A Pacy winger with an eye for a goal. The 23 year-old has hit the net 13 times this season in League One and will be hoping to force his way into Steve Clark's plans on his return to Kilmarnock.
Breen has made just six appearances for Edinburgh City this year, but has shown some strong potential. He has scored once for the club since his loan move from Hamilton, which finishes at the end of this season.
Plucked by manager Darren Young during pre-season from Heriot Watt. The striker, according to the manager, "stuck out like a sore thumb" during his trial period. Has gone on to become the Fife club's lead striker this campaign.
Young midfielder given his chance by East Fife after a really impressive spell on trial during pre-season. Has gradually been given more game time in recent months and will be aiming to make a starting jersey his next season.
Young forward on loan from Celtic at Alloa. Yet to get off the mark for The Wasps, but performances at Celtic and Dumbarton have proved he has a high potential rate and is definitely one for the future.
Signed in 2017 after being released by Inverness CT he joined his older brother Jordon at Peterhead. Since joining the Blue Toon he has been a mainstay in defence operating primarily at centre half but also at full back
Made a name for himself scoring a late equaliser for Aberdeen against Rangers at Pittodrie on the first day of the season. The Banff born striker joined the Pars on-loan in January and has netted five goals in nine appearances.
Skillful, confident winger. On loan to Clyde from Dundee United. Has made big impression on Bully Wee fans, notably with stunning goal to earn draw with Peterhead. Outstanding prospect.
English-born central defender, strong in the tackle and composed on the ball. Began career with Rangers, joining Clyde after spells at Dumbarton and Stranraer. Has become mainstay of Clyde defence after recovering from injury
The promising 18-year-old is on loan at Alloa from Livingston. He netted in Alloa's last game away to Morton, again showing his potential. He will return to Livvy at the end of the season, looking to break into the first team
The Rangers loanee striker has shone in a very dark season for the Bairns. Bundles of energy, tireless workrate and a predatory, poacher's instinct inside the box. He has 12 for Falkirk this season.
Tipped as of the most technically able players in the lower leagues. Turner has a regular for four years, despite being just 21. With over 100 SPFL appearances already, the midfielder should go on to bigger things.
On loan at Queen of the South from Motherwell. The young defender is a prospect of the Motherwell academy and has made 11 appearances for Queen of the South. He will return to the Steelman at end of season, looking to break into first team.
A pacy and powerful defender who has came up through the Rangers ranks over the years. Now on loan to Airdrieonians, the 20-year-old has made four appearances. A great prospect.
20-year-old midfielder currently on loan at Raith Rovers from Rangers FC. He has played a number of games for Rovers scoring one goal. Having made his debut for the Gers at just 17, he should go onto bigger things.
Was a stand out in the middle of the park against Aberdeen in the Warriors 1-1 draw at Pittordrie in the Scottish Cup. Stenny boss Colin McMenamin has been full of praise for the midfielder this season.