Lewis Ferguson has emphatically dismissed transfer speculation linking him with Glasgow Rangers, insisting that he is determined to succeed at Aberdeen.
The Scottish Sun have claimed that the 20-year-old, a nephew of ex-Ibrox captain Barry Ferguson (and son of Derek) and a former ‘Gers academy player, is among Steven Gerrard’s transfer targets. However, the youngster is adamant that he wants to stay at Pittodrie and win trophies under Derek McInnes.
He told The Scottish Sun: “That stuff doesn’t knock me off my stride. That’s it done, it’s out my mind. I’m not really aware of anything like that. I don’t read too much into it. I’ve obviously been shown it on social media and stuff, but I just take it in my stride.
“My full focus is on getting back to training with Aberdeen and playing next season. The past couple of seasons at Aberdeen, I’ve wanted to achieve things and get trophies. Nothing’s changed, it’s the same aim. This season the aim is to try and get silverware.”
Ferguson’s sizeable potential is reflected in him being named as Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year. The midfielder scored three goals and supplied nine assists in 38 appearances for Aberdeen this season, helping them to an eventual fourth-place Premiership finish.
While his own goal contribution figures are respectable, they don’t stand up to the central midfielders already at Gerrard’s disposal. Joe Aribo has nine goals and eight assists, with Scott Arfield scoring nine times and providing five assists (as per TransferMarkt). Ryan Jack has also been more prolific than the Dons youngster, with the 28-year-old netting five times for the ‘Gers in 2019/20, and competition for midfield places has been heightened by the permanent signing of Ianis Hagi.
However, one man who could need replacing at Ibrox in the not-too-distant future is Steven Davis. Now 35, the Northern Ireland veteran is still a regular presence in Gerrard’s line-up, making 42 appearances and clocking 3,331 minutes of game-time this season. With his career in its twilight, though, the midfielder is unlikely to be a key component of the Light Blues’ strongest team for much longer.
As a young and talented central midfielder who already has 74 Premiership games under his belt, Ferguson could be the ideal long-term successor to Davis at Ibrox, with the two players taking up identical positions on the pitch.
The 20-year-old has publicly refuted any interest in moving to the ‘Gers for now but, given his ancestors’ previous at the club as well as his own past in the Ibrox academy, there could be a chance of tempting him back to Glasgow yet.
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Also, with the ‘Gers still in Europe and finishing 22 points ahead of Aberdeen in the league, his hopes of winning silverware would surely be greater if he were to swap Pittodrie for Ibrox. The Light Blues hierarchy should not give up yet on trying to lure him to the club.
‘Gers fans, should the club persist with trying to sign Ferguson or would he be an improvement on what is already at Ibrox? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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