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Chelsea ace can become Scotland goal-machine

Feruz highly regarded at Chelsea. (©SNS Group)
Feruz highly regarded at Chelsea. (©SNS Group).

Scotland performance chief Mark Wotte has predicted that Islam Feruz can become his country's next goal machine, after the Chelsea player's recent hat-trick for the U19s.

The 17-year-old striker was the star of the show as the young Scots beat Switzerland 4-3 at the Falkirk Stadium, to send them top of their European Championship qualifying group.

"With the right mind-set and guidance, Islam has the potential to become the next Scotland goalscorer," Wotte told BBC Sport.

Feruz moved to Stamford Bridge in 2011 after rejecting a professional contract with Celtic, who helped prevent his family's deportation back to their native Somalia while he was part of their youth academy.

He can play for Scotland under the school qualification rule but has previously said on Twitter that he would love to play in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The talented teenager is developing well in the Blues' youth set-up, but is still believed to be some way off Roberto Di Matteo's senior side.

Following his hat-trick against Switzerland, Feruz told the Scottish Football Association website: "I really enjoy playing for Scotland.

"I know a lot of the players here from my time with Celtic and they know how I like to play. It feels brilliant to have scored three goals, but it feels especially good to have won all three of our games.

"I try to work hard for the team so we have the best chance possible of winning the game. I just give it my all and hope it pays off."

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