Scotland U21s head coach Scot Gemmill says the potential of West Ham United right-back Harrison Ashby is keeping Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsay out of his squad.

The teenage right-back has started the season impressively for Aberdeen and eyebrows were raised when he wasn’t included in Gemmill’s squad to face Turkey next month. West Ham United talent Ashby is the likely candidate to be the Scotland youth side’s new right-back after Nathan Patterson moved up to the senior squad for Euro 2020.

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The West Ham talent is highly-rated. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Gemmill says that while both players are great prospects, putting the West Ham United into the mix makes the most sense: “The Aberdeen boys are doing really well. Calvin Ramsay is actually in the U19s squad because he’s still eligible. I think it’s really important they play.

“Of course Calvin is capable of playing but it’s about what else we’ve got. Harrison Ashby isn’t eligible to go and play for the 19s and he’s a tremendous prospect who is really highly regarded at West Ham.

 

“There’s no point Calvin coming in and being on the bench and not play when he can play for the 19s.”

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