With the financial restrictions in the Scottish Premiership ensuring that their best and brightest are annually poached by even the most average English clubs, Celtic and Rangers are more than aware of the need to plan ahead. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers (above) has admitted as much himself.
As such, the Old Firm duo have often reinforced from within their own league, plucking some of the nation’s top domestic talents on the cheap before helping them evolve into players worthy of a six-figure transfer fee.
And though Thomas O’Ware is something of a late bloomer at the age of 24, his stand-out performances with second tier challengers Morton suggest that he should be handed an opportunity at a higher level.
The versatile left-back is already in double figures for goals this season but that should not distract from his superb performances at the other end of the pitch. Blessed with excellent reading of the game and positional awareness, O’Ware is the rock upon which Jim Duffy’s promotion chasing Morton are built.
And, regardless of whether Morton secure promotion to the top flight this season, O’Ware will surely be playing Premiership football in 2016/17. The question, however, is whether he would be good enough to step up at Rangers or Celtic.
Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys are likely to need reinforcements at left-back next season with Emilio Izaguirre out of contract but perhaps a move would come too soon for O’Ware. Making the step up from Morton to the Champions League group-stages is daunting to say the least.
Therefore, perhaps Rangers would be a more sensible destination. The rise of 18-year-old Miles Beerman, impressing when deputising for the experienced Lee Wallace, means Rangers may be secure at left-back for years to come.
Thankfully, however, O’Ware’s extensive skillset means he is more than capable at centre-half, a position where The Gers have largely struggled this season. With veteran Clint Hill out of contract, reinforcements are required and Morton’s inspirational defender has shown that he is worthy of an opportunity.