Dundee United expect big things from teenager Ali Coote.
But the 16-year-old will be given time to properly learn his trade at Tannadice.
The attacking midfielder made his competitive debut for the first team when he came on against Aberdeen at Pittodrie last weekend.
And a good few days for him continued when, along with defender Harry Souttar, he was named in the Scotland U/17 squad for this summer’s European Championships in Bulgaria.
Already he’s a mainstay for Scotland at that level and before too long he could be the same for the Tangerines.
Coach Darren Jackson, though, has stressed he’s a talent that will be nurtured and not rushed.
“Ali was excellent when he came on at Aberdeen,” he said.
“He didn’t have a lot of touches but I thought he fitted in very well.
“He looked confident and he is. The thing with him is he is not over-confident and that’s great.
“For a 16-year-old to come on for his debut and look that comfortable was very good.
“We lost the game on Saturday and that was disappointing but for a young kid making his debut it must have been amazing for him.
“He has a really bright future.”
Having seen the spotlight the likes of Ryan Gauld and John Souttar were put under when they broke into the top team at similar ages, United are well aware of the need to protect Coote.
“First it was Gauldy and now it’s Ali and it’s great to see them coming through,” added Darren.
“But at 16 we have to be careful, although there is no doubt he has massive ability.
“To be honest, Ali would have been in earlier but he’s been away with Scotland an awful lot this season and then he’s had a few injuries.
“He’s never really had the chance to do a lot of training with us over a consistent period.
“Saturday was an opportunity to get him on the bench and then on the pitch and there is no doubt he can handle it.
“From the first day training with us you could see that and he can handle playing alongside first-team players.”
Coote will be in the squad again when Celtic visit Tannadice on Sunday.
Fellow-midfielder John Rankin should also be included after recovering from the cut foot he suffered in the derby at Dundee earlier this month.