Billy Stark fears young Scots could be 'swallowed up' by the Premier League
Scotland U21 boss Billy Stark has admitted his concerns about young Scots who are getting 'lost' in the Premier League.
Last Updated: 06/09/12 10:49am
Stark has outlined his worries about how players can move to big clubs in England and then fail to experience enough first-team football due to the intense competition for places.
Former Rangers defender Danny Wilson is a prime example and he is expected to start for Scotland's U21s in this their must-win Euro qualifying double-header despite hardly playing for Liverpool.
Matthew Kennedy is the most recent Scottish youngster to have moved to England following his switch from Kilmarnock to Everton.
And Stark said in the Daily Record: "Danny is an example of a guy who hasn't played as much as he should have. At Rangers he would have played 30-35 games every season.
"He chose to go to Liverpool but a club of that size can spend huge amounts of money on players, so invariably the young ones get swallowed up and lost.
"Danny has suffered but he's got time to find another club if that's what he wants to do. He just needs the chance to show the qualities that saw Craig pick him for the full squad.
"He has joined up with us this week but hasn't played for a while. It worries me but it's not an unusual situation.
"Matthew Kennedy has gone to Everton but he had started every game for Killie this season and was getting experience.
"You need to give credit to the likes of Johnny Russell at Dundee United. Despite the attention he's had, he's not the sort who wants to chap (knock) the manager's door to go somewhere he won't be playing. He loves training and playing so I don't think he would give that up."