Over the last few years the likes of saintees and Motherwell have concentrated on British or Irish players and have reaped the benefits. They are used to the fast pace of our football and lifestyle/weather etc. In some cases they are possibly more used to the work ethic of our football.
Under NM teams didn't even have to do anything special, they just had to work harder and we were beaten. Now teams know they are in a battle. Jmc and these players have given me my pride back in DFC.
The work that guys like dales, Curran and Nelson get through must inspire their teammates as it certainly inspires the fans.
The programme only started in 2012 so the first graduates are only 19. Cochrane and McDonald at Hearts both went through the process I know.
16 out of the 20 under 17 Scotland squad are in the programme too.
I appreciate it doesn't work for everyone but more practice and coaching has helped improve standards.
If you look at the latest Scotland squads there are loads of SFA schools players.
There maybe is a bit of nepotism when it comes to these schools and possibly the Scotland setup too, however the extra training must benefit them.
Watching hadenius in the wee derby and he doesn't look good enough to play in a midfield 2. He looks ok as a man marker but I don't think livi have a player you'd sacrifice one of ours to mark. The only question is do you play him for his height knowing livi's strengths? If so who do you drop from the front 4?
Does anyone know who is likely to miss out for livi? It seems like their back 3 haven't missed a game all season.
He has loads of experience of coaching and running academies and probably has a load of good contacts.
I'd like to see us have a lot more of our youngsters going through the SFA school at St Johns as United are dominating the intake ATM. Their head scout is our old scout, Jim Carlin who seems to know his stuff.
Robertson and Cameron have benefited hugely from the program.
I was hoping he had gone out on loan to see how he got on against older and bigger players. Against his contemporaries he's a stand out. He deserves the chance to see if he can do it at first team level but at a lower level. My biggest concern is he isn't the strongest laddie but that comes with age/gym work.
It could be that his breakthrough is at 20/21 like Cammy/fozzy.