Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson could cost upwards of £4million this summer, according to Willie Miller.
Celtic fans were left extremely impressed with Ferguson only last month at Pittodrie. The midfielder put in a hard-working and goal-scoring display in the 1-1 draw against John Kennedy’s side.
And it’s fair to say that he’s been a thorn in our side this term. Ferguson also bagged a brace in the first meeting between the teams this term in a 3-3 draw. He was also one of the candidates for PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year award.
Watford, meanwhile, have reportedly saw a £2m offer for Ferguson rejected by Aberdeen [Scottish Sun]. But for any interested parties, Miller believes the bidding should start at £4m.
Speaking in his Evening Express column, Miller said: “Any club interested in signing Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson would have to come in with an exceptional bid in excess of £4 million. Even then that may not be enough as Ferguson is contracted to the Dons for the next three years and is clearly seen key to future plans at the club.
“It would need to be more than double that £2m figure for Aberdeen to even start thinking about any possibility of selling Ferguson. An offer of £2m is nowhere near enough to make Aberdeen consider.
“Aberdeen have to do everything they possibly can to ensure, if Ferguson does go, it is only due to an exceptional bid. Crucially the ball is very much in Aberdeen’s court, because the Scotland U21 international still has three years left on his Pittodrie deal so the Dons hold all the aces. The club are in control of the situation and should be complimented on the fact that these clubs are showing an interest in the talent they have.”
Celtic fans would be hugely split on £4m deal for Lewis Ferguson
Ferguson has incredible potential. That can’t be denied. He’s come on a great degree in the three years he’s been at Pittodrie, and you could hardly blame him if he feels he’s ready for the next step. At only 21 years of age too, the sky is certainly the limit.
But you have to credit Aberdeen here and say fair play. They’ve managed to tie Ferguson down onto a long-term contract. That immediately ensures that it’s the Dons who hold all of the aces in any deal for Ferguson. Given how much he’s worth to them, they have every right to demand £4m.
It’s also important to acknowledge that Celtic haven’t been reported as having an interest in the player. However, John Kennedy claimed last week that the Hoops keep an eye on all of Scotland’s top talents [Daily Record]. Ferguson falls into that bracket, and will surely be one the new manager will consider.
But it all depends on how much Celtic feel the player is worth. If Ferguson is developed properly, you could easily sell him on for 5x that fee in the future. However, if it turns out the step-up is too big for him, it can backfire pretty quickly. So it would be an expensive risk.
He would also have the difficult task of winning over those who may struggle to see past his Rangers routes. Both his father and uncle were former Ibrox players. But we’ve had players come from Rangers-supporting backgrounds in the past and do a turn for us.
It’ll be interesting to see if Celtic make a move for Ferguson. If we’re looking to secure the top young talent in Scotland, this isn’t one you can ignore.