Iacovitti inspired by Strachan’s decision to promote
THE Scotland Under-19s defender Alex Iacovitti reckons the rise of Nottingham Forest team-mate Oliver Burke can provide inspiration for him and the rest of Scot Gemmill’s team.
The young Scots face Bulgaria today in Croatia in the final game of their Euro Elite Round after two losses to Belgium and the hosts.
Gemmill’s side was considerably weakened by the promotion of Burke and the Celtic left back Kieran Tierney straight into the first-team squad for tomorrow’s friendly with Denmark.
Iacovitti reckons Burke’s progress proves there is a path for promotion under Gordon Strachan.
He said: “Oli’s a great player. Everyone who has played alongside him would say that. He’s had a good run of games at Forest, done well and scored a few goals. He’s someone who has taken his chance. He’s flying at the moment.
“It shows what can be achieved. Hopefully I’ll get my chance and find myself doing what Oli’s done, said Iacovitti. “If I get my chance at Forest you never know where that could take you, maybe into the Scotland squad.
“I’ve been doing well and I’m captain of the Forest Under-21s. I’m training with the first team now, though it was disappointing to see the gaffer, Dougie Freedman, go. You have to take it on the chin and try to finish the season strongly.
“He was good for me. He was great for the youth boys. He’d speak to us after training and you could get anything you wanted off your chest with him. He’s gone now and we have to move on but I have a lot of respect for him. Every time a new gaffer’s come in it’s not gone their way, especially with injuries. Hopefully whoever comes in does a good job and we can get back into the Premier League.
“If I get my chance at Forest you never know where that could take you, maybe into the Scotland squad.”
But Iacovitti refused to blame the absence of Burke and Tierney for the Scots’ poor display in the Balkans.
He pointed out: “Oli and Kieran are great players, but I’m not sure we can say that they alone would have made all the difference or changed the game. We have a good team and we had a game-plan that we wanted to try and execute. All of the boys are gutted. It comes down to key moments. We have to go into the Bulgaria game now and try to finish as strongly as we can.”
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