[media-credit name=”© SFL” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]The 20-year-old hit a consolation brace against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup tie on Saturday, with Airdrie losing the game 6-2.
And the Lanarkshire side will be worrying about losing Donnelly with scouts across the country apparently keeping tabs on the player.
Speaking to the club’s official website in November, he said: “I hear a lot of people talking, but you can’t let it get to you. I’ve just got to keep playing and keep your head above water, keep being consistent, and as a striker keep scoring goals. If you let it get to you you’ll just go down and down.
“Obviously I want to go full-time; somebody is lying if they say they don’t want to. A full-time club would be the next step.”
It’s a similar scenario Airdrie find themselves in. Last January, 17-year-old striker Tony Watt signed for Celtic in a £100,000 move after just half a season in the Airdrie first team. He has since gone on to star for the Parkhead U19 side – scoring against the likes of Barcelona in the Next Gen Series.
And with reports that David Weir was at the Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United, maybe an Old Firm move could also be on the cards for Donnelly.
In Britain, only internationally confused striker Jordan Rhodes has scored more goals: 27 goals in 22 games for Huddersfield Town. The League One side are expected to rake in around £8m for the striker and have allegedly already rejected a £4m bid from West Ham United.
When it comes to the European leagues, the top scorers are all relatively big names. Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich has also scored 24 goals and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi sits on 26. On the other hand Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit the net 15 times for A.C. Milan and two players in France have scored 13 goals each: Olivier Giroud of Montpellier and Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon.
Dizzy heights compared to a 10,000 seat stadium in the Scottish Second Division. But a bright future awaits Ryan Donnelly, who could even find himself in a Scotland strike partnership with the aforementioned Jordan Rhodes in the years to come.