Both north and south of the border, even abroad, Scotland have many exciting talents that are either breaking through or waiting to make their mark in the senior game.
This year has been witness to the likes of Scott McTominay rising through the Manchester United ranks whilst others like Billy Gilmour and Aaron Hickey continue to win plaudits.
In terms of young talent, Scotland has plenty of it. For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 young players who we think are destined for big things in 2020, showcasing just some of the promising talent this country has to offer.
In no particular order, here are 20 of the most exciting Scottish under 21-year-old’s we believe will go on to have a potentially great 2020.
Perhaps Scotland’s brightest prospect at the moment, the 18-year-old has earned plenty of plaudits at Chelsea. Frank Lampard is a big fan of him and Gilmour has seen senior Blues action on five occasions.
He’s also captained some Chelsea youth teams. After such a good 2019, the only way is up for Gilmour next year.
Accies’ teenage centre-back has burst onto the scene this season. He’s made six Premiership appearances at the back, holding his own against household SPFL names like Sam Cosgrove and Jermain Defoe.
2020 will surely be the year he becomes a Hamilton regular and he’s already been linked with moves south.
The 18-year-old Aberdeen midfielder has drifted in and out of Derek McInnes’ Dons squad this year. After making his debut aged 16, he’s captained the Scotland U19s and made nine Premiership appearances this term.
Next year should see him get regular minutes at senior level, whether that’s at Pittodrie or elsewhere.
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Last year, Watford academy head Darren Sarll said that the 17-year-old playmaker was ‘one of the most natural players I’ve ever worked with.’ The teenager has now been convinced to play for Scotland by Malky Mackay.
He’s breaking into the international youth set-up whilst also making strides with the Hornets development outfits.
The goalkeeper moved to Norwich during the summer from Aberdeen. Since then he’s enjoyed a good spell at Carrow Road, playing regularly for the U23s and even making some Premier League matchday squads.
Back in October he told NTOF that a loan move could beckon for him in the future, so perhaps 2020 could see him test his skills on the senior stage.
Linked with multiple big clubs already, 17-year-old Hickey is Hearts’ golden boy just now after breaking into the team last season.
He’s a regular at Tynecastle now and will be expected to reach new heights during what will be his first full year as a senior professional.
Scottish teenager Morrison finds himself out at Bayern Munich just now following a summer switch to the German giants.
It’s great to see a youngster test himself at a club of such high calibre and hopes will remain high for him next year.
Motherwell’s dynamic forward, the 19-year-old has made himself a joy to watch at times and a regular at Fir Park this season. He’s made 16 league appearances this term.
Whilst he has things to tweak and fine tune on the senior front, there’s no denying that Scott has star quality Motherwell will look to get the best out of.
By far the most experienced on this list, Ferguson has enjoyed a brilliant 2019 which has allowed him to reach over 50 Aberdeen appearances.
It’s crazy to think that he’ll only turn 21 next August considering how much senior football he’s played. It’ll only get better for him in 2020.
Rivalling Ferguson for the experienced berth, Porteous has excelled since returning from injury in 2019. It’s even earned him a Scotland call-up.
Now that he’s fully fit, expect the Hibs defender to motor on next year.
Currently out on loan in Belgium, Hornby has been long touted as a future Scotland forward, having netted regularly for Everton’s youth teams.
Now he’s gaining senior minutes, he’ll look to build on that in the next 12 months.
A regular within the Manchester City U18 ranks, Fiorini is a promising talent at the Etihad and has started to make appearances for the Scotland U19s side.
His step up the U23s has been gradual, so perhaps that’ll be his target next year.
Burroughs has already made steps into the senior game at Coventry, featuring in a handful of Football League Trophy matches.
He’s been capped at U19 level six times too by Scotland and this year’s aim has to be breaking into the Coventry first-team, having caught glimpses of senior action.
Currently out on loan at Dunfermline, the Jambos youngster has struggled with fitness and other matters since his teenage debut against Celtic.
He’s featuring now though for the Pars and has shown his class in stages.
After his release from Arsenal, Gilmour found himself at Norwich during the summer. He was quickly loaned out to the Dutch second-tier for experience.
It’ll be interesting to see what type of player comes back from his Dutch venture.
The 17-year-old has made himself a mainstay at Raith Rovers, scoring eight goals in 21 appearances.
It’s only a matter of time before the big names start circling for the young attacker and 2020 could see him fire Raith to League One glory.
After a terrific breakthrough year at Motherwell, midfielder Turnbull has been sidelined with a troublesome knee problem this season.
Expect him to return with a bang next year.
Despite being just 18, versatile Erhahon has already featured over 20 times for St Mirren, Perhaps that came a bit soon and is now being used more carefully by Jim Goodwin.
He’s tipped to be another successful Buddies academy product.
Kilmarnock have lacked a clinical striker this term under Angelo Alessio but waiting in the wings is Cameron. He’ll be eager for his chance to regularly shine.
He scored 10 in 29 for Stranraer during a loan spell earlier in his career.
Linked with a variety of clubs, The Dundee United youngster looks set to quit Tannadice for pastures new in 2020.
He represents so much potential and it’ll be intriguing to see where the youngster tests himself next and whether it works out.