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Fourteen for '14: Our list of young players to watch out for in 2014

The definitive guide to the players we think will make a big impact in the 12 months ahead.

Dundee Utd ace Andrew Robertson (left) leaves Motherwell keeper Lee Hollis on his knees after striking the ball into the back of the net.
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The votes have been cast, the numbers have been crunched and the coaches have been grilled for their verdict.

Our list of the hottest young footballing talent in Scotland to watch out for in 2014 is complete.

Named Fourteen for '14, we've identified the players we believe will make a significant impact on the game in the coming 12 months.

Our criteria

Our idea wasn't to identify talented players who have already broken onto the scene. Ryan Gauld, for example, is one of the most promising Scottish players of his generation but he has already established himself in Dundee United's first team side.

Our intention was to pick out players who will make the breakthrough in 2014 or, if they are already on the fringes of the first team, will make a significant impact within the year.

To qualify, players had to be eligible for Under-21 selection at international level. The list is primarily for Scots but foreign players who are in the youth academies or Under-20s sides of Scottish clubs also qualified.

How we made the list

Our team set off on a scouting mission, utilising data from this season and speaking to coaching staff and fans, before arriving at the final list for 2014.

We didn't ask clubs to put forward their tips, or prioritise one player over others, the final 14 was entirely our decision based on the evidence we gathered.

An initial long list was cut down to the final 14 based upon the information available, with a judgment being made on who we think are the most likely to impress in the next 12 months.

The Fourteen for '14 list

So here is the list. There are 12 Scots on the list, with an entrant apiece from Bosnia and the Republic of Ireland. Twelve of the players are based in Scotland's top flight, with one plying his trade in the Championship and the other in League Two.

To read more about each player, click on their names.

Player Club Nationality Twitter
Lawrence Shankland Aberdeen Scottish @Shankland_25
Craig Storie Aberdeen Scottish @storie39
Bahrudin Atajic Celtic Bosnian @MrAtajicB
Alastair Coote Dundee United Scottish  
Euan Spark Dundee United Scottish @EuanSpark
Adam King Hearts Scottish @A_King16
Jason Cummings Hibernian Scottish @JasonCummings95
Adam Evans Inverness CT Irish @AdamEvans24
Greg Kiltie Kilmarnock Scottish @gregkiltie
Coll Donaldson Livingston Scottish @CollDonaldson
Lee Erwin Motherwell Scottish @LeeErwin19
Chris Duggan Partick Thistle Scottish @ChrisDuggan94
Blair Spittal Queen's Park Scottish @spittal_8
Chris Kane St Johnstone Scottish @chriskane1994

What do you think of our Fourteen for '14 list? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by getting in touch @STVSport or by using the hashtag #14for14.

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