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McINNES HAILS FERGUSON

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LEWIS FERGUSON is being tipped for Scotland international honours by Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes.

The former Hamilton Accies midfielder was the matchwinner against Kilmarnock yesterday as the Dons came back from a goal adrift to take all three points from Rugby Park.

Ferguson was also the Pittodrie goal hero with his late header against Rangers to fire McInnes’ side into the Betfred League Cup Final where they will meet holders Celtic at Hampden on December 2.

Substitute Bruce Anderson had cancelled out Kris Boyd’s penalty opener for the home side before the youngster struck to stun Stevie Clarke’s outfit.

Asked if Under-21 star Ferguson has an outside chance of being named in Alex McLeish’s Nations League squad tomorrow, McInnes answered: “For me, he will, but whether he is ready for it now, it’s not my job to do that.

“The boy was born to play football and born to play on the big occasion and I’m sure everything will come his way in time.

“There’s nothing better than a late winner. This time last week Lewis comes up with the all-important goal to get us into the Final, but I have to say it was the only moment of real quality in the game.

“He was the only player who brought a 90-minute performance. I was delighted with the players in the second-half, but he is one I know what I’m getting from.

“And you need those as a manager – those who every week you are getting the same seven/eight out of 10 and some weeks he is coming up as a 10 out of 10 as he has been in the last couple of weeks.

“He was still making contact and winning more headers and tackles than anyone else. Then he comes up with the free-kick.

“It was no more than we deserved in the end, but it was a second-half performance that got us the result. The first-half performance wasn’t going to get the job done.

“If we bring that second-half performance to the proceedings more then we might just win a Cup and meet our all expectations this year.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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