Aberdeen talisman Lewis Ferguson tipped to succeed Scott Brown and Celtic and emulate Rangers hero
That is the belief of Paul Hartley, who had spells for both the clubs contesting the second Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden, an occasion that will pit 22-year-old Ferguson against 35-year-old Celtic captain Brown.
"One day, someone will need to replace Scott Brown. I am not saying Celtic should come and sign Lewis Ferguson, but what I am saying is he's as good as anyone in the top flight right now,” said the Cove Rangers manager of a player steeped in the game, with his father Derek Ferguson enjoying a fruitful career most notable for stints at the Ibrox club, Hearts and Sunderland.
“Lewis is good enough and he does remind me of Scott Brown a little bit. He can mix it up. He's not scared and he is a tough cookie. He relishes the battle whoever he comes up against. Nothing fazes him. He is turning into a top player and I wouldn't rule out him getting in the Scotland set-up in the next few years.
He is good enough and he does remind me of Scott Brown a little bit. He can mix it up. He's not scared and he is a tough cookie. He relishes the battle whoever he comes up against. Nothing fazes him. He has a really good mentality and is adding different types of goals to his game.
"Lewis is captain material too and he is a good professional. He has come from a good background with his dad and uncle. He knows what football is about and although he's a quiet lad, on the pitch you know when he's there. The name doesn't seem to be a burden for him and he could end up just as good as Derek and Barry. He has so many games under his belt at a young age and I'm sure he takes a lot of advice from them. They'll tell him the pitfalls but he looks like he wants it. He is working under a good manager in Derek McInnes and he will do well.”
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