Scotland Under 21s set for bright future, says Hibernian defender John Porteous
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 07/06/18 5:32pm
Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous says Scot Gemmill's Scotland Under-21 side are developing into a genuine international force.
Gemmill's young team were knocked out of the Toulon Tournament on Wednesday evening, going down 3-1 to England in the semi-final.
But 19-year-old Porteous, one of the more experienced Scot youngsters, believes that a fresh-faced squad, including the likes of 16-year-old Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour, will only get better with age.
Promising teenagers Fraser Hornby of Everton, Hearts' Chris Hamilton and Rangers youngster Glenn Middleton, all featured as the Scots topped their group.
And centre-back Porteous told Hibs' official website: "Our team was quite inexperienced and young. We had a 16-year-old playing in midfield and people that were only 17 and 18 years old, but also had a few experienced boys too.
"It's good that Scot has shown that he's not afraid to develop good young players early. The good thing is that nobody looked out of place in the matches that we played.
"In the long run, the experiences will definitely help us as a team and as individuals.
"Scot said that the under-21s never laid a glove on England [in last year's tournament] but we did [on Wednesday], especially in the first half, and we showed that we are a good team."
He added: "If we can produce performances like that, then I don't see why we can't beat the likes of England in future. We just need to be more consistent over the whole game."