Pay The Value

03 September 2013 12:14
Scotland should not been seen as the Aldi of UK football

There has always been a tradition of clubs looking to get new talent on the cheap. However, all players have a real value and when selling clubs are struggling to keep their heads above water there has to be a decent price offered.  Scotland Under-19 coach Ricky Sbragia met the press yesterday ahead of the game against Iceland and hit out at English clubs trying to sign the best young Scottish players on the cheap. Nottingham Forest tried to sign Hearts and Scotland Under-21 midfielder Jason Holt for a fee of £75,000, while Sunderland attempted to pick up 16-year-old Dundee United defender John Souttar for a knockdown price. Sbragia suggested that Forest's offer for Holt was an insult and feels Scottish players are undervalued compared to their English counterparts.

Under 19 coach Ricky Sbragia (c) Craig Jardine |

Sbragia said: "Jason and John should be valued way more than that. It is about time Scottish players stopped going down south for a song. English clubs should pay the value of the player. If you tried to buy an English Under-19 and or an English Under-21 player it would cost more than £400,000. We would be talking about £1million. To offer £75,000 for Holt is an insult. He is an Under-21 international and an automatic pick for Hearts."

Source: ScottishFitba