Scotland once were a national team who were playing regulary in the World Cup Finals. In the late 1960s and the 1970s, Scotland were a national team whom most nations didn't want to be pitted against. They pulled off some great results against big teams like England, Germany, etc.

For most of that period, Scotland had "world superstars" of their own playing in the Dark Blue like Jimmy Johnstone, BIlly Bremner, Kenny Dalglish and Dennis Law, just to name a few. Although the national team has never progressed past the group stages in the World Cup Finals, they certainly weren't pushovers. They played against some of the worlds best players like Pele, Maradona and Moore and they didnt disgrace themselves. From 1974-1998, Scotland only missed one World Cup (USA 1994). Since 1998, the country has never qualified for a major tournament despite coming very close to qualifying for Euro 2008.

During recent years, the nation has come under critisism at national team level but mostly at domestic level. There have been calls to change the game at domestic level to improve the national teams performance and plans are in place to make the changes in the coming years. What most people dont know is that the national team has a lot of up and coming stars that will hopefully send the country rocketing up the Fifa Rankings.

During the last 5 to 8 years, there have been a large number of young players that have came through the youth ranks at Scottish clubs and went on to sign for bigger clubs in England and abroad. This has benefited the national team as the players playing for Scotland have better experience playing consistently at high levels for their club allowing them to adapt better when playing against the better sides in international football.

Scotland have also benefited from the rule which allows players with grandparents of a different nationality to have the chance to play for their grandparents nation of birth. This has allowed Scotland to call up alot of English born players to play for the Tartan Army. Despite being critised for a number of mistakes made with regards to formation and squad selections, national boss Craig Levein has worked wonders in finding a large selection of players who are eligible to play for Scotland.

This means that, with the mix of English born players eligible for Scotland, young home-grown players and experienced pro's, the future of the national game looks bright for Scotland. Here are a list of some players who could be appearing regulary for Scotland in the next 5 years:

Goalkeepers

Alan McGregor
Cammy Bell
Scott Bain
Alan Martin

Defenders

Danny Wilson
Lee Wallace
Alex Pearce
Charlie Mulgrew
Garry Kenneth
Craig Thomson
Steven Saunders
Brian Easton
Grant Hanley
Ross Smith

Midfielders

Charlie Adam
James McArthur
David Wotherspoon
David Templeton
Tom Cairney
Connor Ramsey
Jack Grimmer

James Forrest
Fraser Fyvie
Robert Snograss
Barry Bannan
Bradley Inman
Dylan McGeough

Strikers

David Goodwillie
Steven Fletcher
John Fleck
Leigh Griffiths
Jamie Murphy
Craig Makail-Smith
Johnny Russell
Gary Glen