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FERGUSON’S IBROX ‘SNUB’

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LEWIS FERGUSON insists he is staying at Aberdeen, despite being linked with Rangers.

The 20-year-old Dons midfielder, crowned Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year, has been monitored by Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard for the past 12 months.

But Ferguson, who is under contract at Pittodrie until 2024, insists he is not interested in following in the footsteps of his dad Derek and uncle Barry at the Govan club.

The former Hamilton Accies kid, reacting to the speculation, told the Scottish Sun: “When you see stuff like that, you’re obviously doing something right to have clubs looking at you.

“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, but my full focus is on getting back to training 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.

“Everyone wants to win trophies in their football career and, for me, it’s no different.

“We’ve got the Scottish Cup to look forward to, but the goal of winning trophies hasn’t changed over the last few years.”

Derek McInnes’ team were due to meet holders Celtic in the semi-final of the competition on Easter Sunday before the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.

The SFA bosses are adamant the competition will restart some time in the new season, possibly October or November. However, it appears their target is to play both last-four encounters – with Hibs facing Haerts in the other game – in front of fans.

Ferguson beat off competition from Motherwell’s Allan Campbell, Hearts’ Aaron Hickey and St Johnstone’s Ali McCann to be named the soccer scribes’ top youngster.

He added: “Hopefully I can keep progressing and get into the frame for Scotland.

“There are a lot of good midfielders, so there is plenty of competition.

“There are boys playing in the Premier League week in, week out and there are boys playing in Scotland with the likes of Rangers and Celtic.

“It will be tough, but it is not something that scares me. To play for Scotland is something I want to do in my career.

“I’ll keep working and if and when the time comes, it will be a great honour.”

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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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