Aberdeen U18 coach Barry Robson insists Calvin Ramsay “can’t get carried away” despite being linked with Premier League giants West Ham United, Leicester City and Everton, speaking to the Evening Express.
If it’s an exciting, technically gifted full-back you want, there are worse places to look than the Scottish Premiership.
In recent seasons Kieran Tierney, Josh Doig, Aaron Hickey and Nathan Patterson have burst on to the scene north of the border and, having produced five assists in 12 games so far this term, teenager Ramsay already looks the real deal in the red of Aberdeen.
According to The Sun, Southampton and West Ham are watching Ramsay like a hawk while Everton, who made a number of approaches for Rangers wonder kid Patterson in August, now appear to have turned their attention to another fresh-faced Scot.
Everton scouted Ramsay during Aberdeen’s 2-0 defeat at Motherwell at the weekend.
Everton among Premier League clubs eyeing Calvin Ramsay
“It just shows what can be done if you knuckle down and work hard to try to improve your game every day,” says Robson, Ramsay’s mentor at U18 level.
“The cream of the crop will come through at the end and you always find it’s the ones who really want to be footballers.
“Full credit to Calvin as he has done very well. However, you can’t get carried away. I have always said to Calvin it is hard to get into the first team but it’s even harder to stay in the first team.
“We will make sure his feet are still grounded, that’s for sure and he doesn’t get carried away with himself.
“Calvin has done so well, is going the right way and doing the right things but he hasn’t achieved anything yet. There’s still a long way to go to establish himself.”
Premiership rivals Hibs managed to retain the services of the highly rated Doig despite plenty of interest from England – the club’s chairman confirmed Leicester City came calling – but it remains to be seen whether Aberdeen can do the same with Ramsay.
Fortunately, the academy graduate has three years left on his contract.