Craig Levein: Be patient, future is bright for Scotland
The Tynecastle manager insists performances at youth level point to improving quality.
Hearts boss Craig Levein insists the future is bright for the Scottish national team.
The former Scotland head coach has spent times watching Hearts' and the nation's youngsters in his role as director of football at Tynecastle.
He has been impressed by the talent coming through across the country.
Levein said: "As a nation, I spend a lot of time watching youth football still, the players are improving. The players are getting better, I really believe that.
"If we show a bit of patience I think there has been a big shift to improve the quality of the system.
"Project Brave will help, these things don't happen overnight. Everyone has to give it time and support. We want to be in a position to continually play at major events, not just one or two.
He added: "We suffer from a lack of confidence and are quick to knock things that don't happen immediately.
"I think our squads are better, they are getting better results and take comfort that things will improve."
Looking ahead to the weekend clash between Hearts and Ross County, Levein said he expects a tough afternoon in Dingwall.
He lauded Owen Coyle's move to the Highlands despite his surprise at Jim McIntyre's departure.
"It's a very good appointment," said the Hearts boss.
"I did think it was a bit harsh on Jim given that he had won Ross County's first major trophy with the League Cup. I think he deserved a little bit longer.
"But I'm not the man who makes the decisions at Ross County. Roy has obviously decided it is time for a new manager and has done very well to get someone of Owen's calibre.
"He has managed at a very high level. He's managed in Scotland, which I think is important as well. He knows the league and the players and will be a good addition to the game up here."