Bristol City legend backs Liverpool-linked star to follow in foot steps of Jude Bellingham
A popular Bristol City figure has made a bold prediction about Alex Scott and his England hopes.
Murray had two spells as a Robins player - and is highly thought of amongst the fan base - and is now in awe of their current star. Scott - who won the Young Player of the Year in the Championship has enjoyed two consecutive campaigns, and is the leading player in Nigel Pearson’s youthful revolution.
The 19-year-old has made 91 appearances in the two-and-a-half years he’s been at Ashton Gate, and has got six goals and seven assists. He’s been exposed to the most minutes in the Championship, and has drawn comparisons with Jack Grealish, but now a different path has been drawn up for the ‘Guernsey Grealish’.
Scott Murray is the kit man for City, and is at the training ground every day during the season, and witnesses first hand what Scott can do. Murray - who dazzled supporters with his mazy runs and impressive goals believes that Scott can emulate his hero Jude Bellingham - who has been tipped to join Real Madrid this summer.
“For someone at that age to be doing what he is doing week in week out in the Championship which ain’t an easy league,” said Murray appearing in The Island Dream, a documentary on the influx of Guernsey talents moving to Ashton Gate.
“He’s probably getting eights and nines every week, and we’re lucky to have him as a part of this team. I think the fans and the players we’re all enjoying it while we can because I think realistically he’s going to move on to bigger things.”
Scott is currently away on international duty with England Under-20’s at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina. His season ended with City on May 8, but he has games with Tunisia (May 22), Uruguay (May 25) and Iraq (May 28) as well as knockout matches.
Nigel Pearson has previously revealed that on his first viewing of Scott, he came to the opinion that he would one day play for England. Scott has already won honours with The Three Lions, winning the U19 Euros last summer, and a move to a Premier League team where he would play regularly would increase his chances of featuring in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
The prospect of Scott featuring for England’s senior team is an exciting one for many, except for Murray, who is a proud Scotsman. Murray never got to play for the Scottish national team, but was jokingly frightened about the prospect of Scott lining up against his country of birth.
“Just not playing against Scotland,” joked Murray when asked if there was anything he needed to work on.
“Being a Scotsman that would be my worst nightmare. He’s probably as a 19-year-old got as much as you can from any 19-year-old. You see Jude Bellingham playing for England at the moment, and in a few years that is going to be Scotty, it is as simple as that.”