Nottingham Forest talent Dale Taylor once again showed his class this afternoon, scoring as Northern Ireland under-21s drew with Scotland.
The friendly which took place north of the border proved a pretty scrappy affair, with both teams struggling to gain a foothold.
Flynn Clarke gave the hosts an early lead but Taylor struck on the stroke of half-time to draw the Green and White’s level.
Taylor is a future star. After making his debut for Linfield at the age of 15, it was always clear that he’d become a force in the game.
He’s progressed at quite a rate at Forest and made the bench for the first team during the 2021/22 campaign.
Taylor also featured for Forest during their remarkable FA Youth Cup campaign last season.
The Reds, led by Warren Joyce, got all the way to the final before losing out to Manchester United.
Taylor will likely step up to the under-21s this season and it’s perhaps a surprise to some people that he’s not gone out on loan just yet.
The young talisman scored at the age of 15 for Linfield and his boss at the time David Healy called the player ‘fantastic’.
Taylor class is undeniable and Forest have a future star
The youngster is only 18 and he has bags of time to make an impression at the City Ground when it comes to the senior ranks.
Forest do have a gem though. He scores for fun at junior levels and he should get plenty of goals again this season.
It will be interesting to see when the Reds do decide to loan out the Northern Irishman, with a temporary stint away looking likely.
Taylor took his goal exceptionally well this afternoon. It came from some good build-up play by Northern Ireland and the senior ranks will be watching.
The teenager has all the physical attributes already and it shouldn’t be long before he’s making an impression at senior level.