Though he is a natural right winger, Doaks role with Scotland U21s is decidedly different, with a lack of options often requiring the 18-year-old to play up front.
It has paid off for Gemmill, with Friday bringing a 2-0 win over Belgium that saw his No. 7 play a part in both goals.
Scotlands first came from a corner routine, with the set-piece initially won through Doak pressing goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt into a mistake, Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen then heading home.
Doak then assisted the second just after the half-hour mark, again forcing a misplaced pass from Vandevoordt and, after being found on the edge of the box, turning and feeding Lyall Cameron to make it 2-0.
It was an influential display from the teenager, who was brought off after an hour as Gemmill looked for more defensive stability and likely with an eye on Tuesdays clash with Hungary.
It is a fantastic result because we can agree on the fact that Belgium are a top team. Im obviously delighted for the players, Gemmill told the Daily Record.
???????? Brilliant work from #LFCs Ben Doak (18) to assist the second in Scotland U21s 2-0 win vs. Belgium on Friday.
His pressing from centre-forward forces the mistake and also won the corner for Scotlands first goal. pic.twitter.com/ZLfZIJXA7H
Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) November 18, 2023