Motherwell academy director Steven Hammell has predicted a big future for Scotland under-21 international Stuart McKinstry at Leeds United – and tipped him to become a household name in the future.

McKinstry never made a first-team appearance for Motherwell before making the move to Elland Road in 2019 but has made the breakthrough into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad at Leeds, playing in the EFL Cup win over Fulham and making the bench in the following round against Arsenal.

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Hammell worked with McKinstry as he worked through the Motherwell academy and knows first-hand the attributes that the Leeds youngster possesses and just how they can help him reach the top and do ‘wonderful things’ in Yorkshire.

“Stuart McKinstry is a fabulous young player,” Hammell told the Lanarkshire Live Sport Podcast.

“He has the right attitude and temperament. He’s surrounded by a lovely family who are very supportive of him.

“If a team in England come and offer anything you want as a young player, then, of course, it’s difficult to say no. All we can do is progress what we have here and sell our story.

“I’m sure Stuart will do wonderful things and become a household name in the next three or four years – but I don’t want to put too much pressure on the young man!

“He’ll do well because of his attitude.”

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