Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it's 'nice' to be linked with big Championship clubs, amid interest from Leeds United.
Lindsay, 21, joined Partick's youth setup back in 2011, and has come up through the ranks with the club, whilst also spending time out on loan at Alloa Athletic and Airdrieonians.
The 6ft 3in centre back has racked up 24 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side this season, whilst his goalscoring record for a defender is quite remarkable, having found the net six times this term.
Patrick Thistle's Liam Lindsay (R) in action with Celtic's Colin Kazim Richards
Unsurprisingly, Lindsay is now attracting major interest, with the Daily Record recently reporting that Leeds United are lining up a move to sign the defender during this month's transfer window, with Birmingham City and Portsmouth also believed to be keen.
Leeds have been left short at centre back this week, as Pontus Jansson's suspension and Liam Cooper's injury has left Garry Monk sweating about his options alongside loanee Kyle Bartley.
Another centre back, preferably a young one to develop over the coming years, would be ideal for Leeds, making the interest in Lindsay sensible from a Leeds perspective.
General view of Elland Road
Now, Lindsay has spoken to the Glasgow Evening Times about his future, and admitted that it's nice to be linked with such big clubs, as it means he's doing something right with Partick Thistle.
Lindsay added that he has ambition to play at the highest level, but he wants to keep playing wherever he goes – and Leeds may not be able to offer him immediate first-team football this season.
“It’s nice to be linked with big clubs at the high end of the Championship and it’s nice to be recognised, it can only help my confidence,” said Lindsay. “Nothing is concrete though, so I’m 100% focused on Partick Thistle just now and I will be until something concrete happens or an offer is made or whatever.”
“My only concern at the moment is helping the club carry on this good run we’ve been on and hopefully we can pick up some more points when we start back. I am definitely ambitious and of course you want to play at the highest level that you can to see how you cope with it to test yourself. I’m no different.”
“Thistle have been great with me, especially the gaffer who put me in at a very young age and stuck with me no matter what. I’ve made a few mistakes and emerged from it stronger and that’s all down to him. I think the goals have probably helped as well to be honest, but it’s definitely a confidence-booster to be linked with big clubs. All I want to do is keep playing though and whatever happens, happens,” he added.
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