Scotland boss Craig Levein is hopeful for the future of the national side as more young players come through.
Among examples, Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan received a call-up to the Scotland squad for the friendly against the Faroe Islands last month and started in the 3-0 victory.
Levein is pleased with the number of young Scottish players plying their trade in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues, believing it bodes well for the future.
He told Sky Sports News: "I don't want to go into all the names but I'm really happy with the amount of players in their mid 20s or even younger who are actually plying their trade in the Premiership in England and playing at the top level in Scotland as well.
"We've been really pleased - if you go back three or four years I think we had one player playing regularly in the Premiership in England and now we have 12 or 13 who pull on a jersey every single week in the Premiership and for me, that's an indication that the strength and depth is improving."
The former Dundee United boss spends more time watching games in England than in Scotland as he knows the vast majority of the players plying their trade north of the border.
"I spend a lot of time watching games in England. I'm really pleased that most games that I go to, I can honestly say I come away from the match and generally Scottish guys have been pretty much the best players on the pitch.
"So I've been really pleased with how the way things have been going recently."
Asked about the prospect of qualifying for a major tournament sooner than later, he replied: "Well that's my job, it's a difficult one, I understand that, but as I said, the clutch of players coming through give me great encouragement.
"I'm here today (in Alloa to take part in) a project ongoing with the Bank of Scotland and the Midnight Leagues encouraging young kids to play football.
"And I think a lot of those young guys that we're talking about, coming through plying their trade in the Premiership in England, are great role models and I'm really pleased that I've got the opportunity to pick so many good players for the Scotland team."
Levein has tried to persuade eligible young players to play for Scotland ahead of another Home Nation.
A success of this policy is QPR's Jamie Mackie, who was born in England but qualified to play for Scotland through a grandparent.
He added: "We've got one or two more that we've got our sights on and Mick Oliver who does the scouting for me, he's been very active in trying to find as many players as we can to pick from.
"The bigger the pool to pick from the better chance we've got."
Asked if he thinks big-name players- such as Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness - can be produced yet again in a strong Scotland side, he said: "Yes, I think we will but I think we'll have to work very hard at it.
"I think we've been very complacent for the last 20, 25 years. It's great to see the SFA and the SPL are going to embrace a lot of the changes that are required to produce better players in Scotland.
"I'm determined as one, I know a lot of people in the SFA are and the new chief executive as well, determined to try and improve the quality of players going forward.
"I will be doing my best and so will everybody else up here."