Scotland boss hails hat-trick hero Hornby

Scot Gemmill believes clubs will be queuing up for Fraser Hornby after the striker bagged his first Scotland Under-21 hat-trick.

The Everton frontman helped Gemmill’s side keep alive their faint hopes of qualifying for next year’s European Championship with his Tynecastle treble against Andorra.

The 18-year-old’s only first-team appearance for his Goodison employers so far came in a Europa League clash with Apollon Limasso last December.

But Gemmill believes his display in the Scots’ 3-0 Gorgie win will ensure there is no shortage of takers looking to offer him a move on loan in future.

“I’m delighted for Fraser,” said the Scotland Under-21 coach. “I think you can see a young player starting to emerge and develop all the time.

“He had a good tournament in Toulon and he’s really benefited from going to that tournament and playing against those sort of teams.

“He’s got that physicality which is important but Fraser is not just about that. It’s about intelligence, a willingness to do the work and the talent as well. We all know in football today you need the full package but he is definitely on schedule.

“I’m sure clubs are queuing up to take him on loan. We all saw that he had an impact in Toulon. He’s now gone back to his club – but it’s a club where it is very difficult to get into the team so I’m sure the vultures will be starting to gather.”

Scotland’s win moves them to within a point of second-placed Holland in Group Four, with a trip to Arnhem to come on Tuesday.

But with only four of the nine section runners-up guaranteed a play-off slot, the Scots will probably require maximum points from their three final clashes against the Dutch, group leaders England and Ukraine if they are to stand any chance of reaching the finals in Italy and San Marino.

Gemmill said: “I said all along we go game by game. Now attention moves to the Netherlands match. We had a really strong performance last September and we go again with confidence.”

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