Lee McCulloch saw him break through the ranks at Rangers, now he thinks former Rangers teammate John Fleck is ready to become a star for the national team.
Fleck has finally been given the chance to represent Scotland by Alex McLeish, after a number of dropouts meant the Scotland boss had to call upon new faces to play for his side.
Fleck has impressed for Sheffield United, starting every game for the Blades so far this season. This has persuaded McLeish to pick him in the absence of Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn.
McCulloch has stated in his Evening Times column that Fleck has all the attributes to shine at Hampden.
“He can play in that holding role or he can move forward and he is a more all-rounded and accomplished footballer,” said McCulloch.
“When it comes to international football, people maybe look at him and think he isn’t physical enough because he isn’t the tallest.
“But when the ball is on the ground, he is tough tackling and he is skilful. He is quick, he can pass and, if he can add goals to his game, he could well go on to be a really important player for Scotland.”
Fleck has earned his Scotland call-up
McCulloch has given a sensible argument for why Fleck should be in McLeish’s plans. In his time at Rangers, Fleck wasn’t a household name. Despite this, everyone could see there was a player in the youngster.
The midfielder only made 42 appearances during a five year stint at Rangers, but he has thrived south of the border. Scottish football fans may only remember Fleck for his disappointing spell at Ibrox. The 27-year old has the chance to dispel these dispositions about him.
As McCulloch states, he might not be the biggest player, but technically he is a real force. The 27-year old perhaps lacks a cutting edge in the final third, but he makes up for this with his work in the engine room.
It perhaps didn’t work out for Fleck at Ibrox. He’s made his mark down south however and has proved himself to be an industrious midfielder. Tuesday’s game against Israel is the midfielder’s chance to make himself a mainstay in Scotland’s midfield.