Steven Naismith does not expect to see new Sporting Lisbon signing Ryan Gauld rushed into the Scotland team
Last Updated: 08/07/14 5:13pm
Scotland striker Steven Naismith does not expect to see new Sporting Lisbon signing Ryan Gauld rushed into the national team.
The 18-year-old earned himself a £3m move to the Portuguese club following his impressive rise from the Dundee United youth ranks last season.
And Gauld’s new club have already slapped a £47.8m release clause into the Scotland U21 international's contract.
But Everton striker Naismith reckons Scotland boss Gordon Strachan will ease the playmaker into his squad during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Naismith said: "The manager is not daft. He will have watched Ryan and will know when he is ready to be put into the first team.
"The move that he has got is fully deserved having seen the way he has played.
"It's a great move, especially when you look at the players who have come through at Sporting and done tremendously well.
“It's great to see some young Scottish talent taking the plunge and going abroad and having no fear about it.
"It's exciting times for him and I'm sure in the next couple of years Ryan will definitely be involved in the national team in one way or another."
Scotland will start their Euro 2016 adventure against Group D favourites Germany in Dortmund on 7 September.
And the 27-year-old has been impressed by Joachim Low’s side, who he belives will end hosts Brazil's interest in the World Cup at the semi-final stage.
Naismith, back in Scotland to help provide sponsorship for his first club Stewarton Annick FC - who will wear the Dyslexia Scotland logo on their shirts - added: "Their club sides as well as the national team have been at the top of the pile for a few years now.
"We knew facing them in the Euros was going to be a test but it's been really drummed in by how well they have done in Brazil.
"With the climate over there, the European teams were always going to be at a disadvantage but Germany have not looked out of place. They will be the favourites to win it."