Aberdeen teenager in Clarke plans

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Scotland boss Steve Clarke says he won't rush Aberdeen teenager Lewis Ferguson into the senior squad.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke says he won’t rush Aberdeen teenager Lewis Ferguson into the senior squad.

The 55-year-old named his first squad since being appointed Scotland manager earlier this week ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belgium and Cyprus.

After being appointed last week, the former Kilmarnock boss has shaken things up with his selection and admits he even considered 19-year-old Ferguson.

The midfielder scored six times in a breakthrough season with Aberdeen, having joined from Hamilton Academical last summer.

Clarke revealed that he spoke with Dons boss Derek McInnes and feels Ferguson has a big future with the national side.

‘I spoke to Derek McInnes on Monday night and Lewis came up in conversation.

He’s definitely one for the future,’ he said.

‘You have to be careful with the young ones – David Turnbull at Motherwell as well who’s had a fantastic season – that you don’t push them too far too early.

‘We’re not too bad for midfielders and if you add one or two that are missing from selection, we’re strong in that area of the pitch.’

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