Calvin Ramsay should ignore interest from Premier League clubs West Ham United, Everton and Southampton in order to extend his stay at Aberdeen, Dons legend Joe Harper told the Evening Express.
Just as speculation regarding another pair of exciting Scottish full-backs threatens to die down – Nathan Patterson and Josh Doig staying put at Rangers and Hibernian respectively – it is now Ramsay’s turn to dominate the gossip columns.
After a superb start to the season at Pittodrie, the technically-gifted teen is rapidly emerging as one of the country’s most coveted talents.
The 18-year-old, who has already provided five assists in 12 games this season, is also on the radar of West Ham, Leicester and a Southampton side who boast a fine track record when it comes to finding and developing up-and-coming full-backs.
Is Calvin Ramsay swapping Scotland for England?
“It is no surprise English Premier League clubs are being linked,” said Harper, a former Scotland international who represented both Aberdeen and Everton.
“Ramsay has been superb this season and the signs are that he is on an upwards trajectory where the right-back will only get better and better. Dangerous on the attack with a superb delivery and solid in defence is a combination that will be attractive to clubs south of the border.
“Everton boss Rafa Benitez sent a scout to watch Ramsay in the 2-0 loss to Motherwell. There are reports that other English top flight clubs such as Leicester City, West Ham and Southampton are also monitoring the teen.
“My advice to Ramsay would be to stay at Aberdeen for another year or two to rack up the starts before any move down south.
“It is important Ramsay does not become distracted by the speculation linking him to English top flight clubs. It has been a meteoric rise – but he must keep his feet firmly on the ground.”
Ramsay has another three years on his contract at Aberdeen.
According to Dons coach Stephen Glass, there is no suggestion that a ‘level-headed youngster’ is going to be taking his eye off the ball – figuratively or metaphorically (Not the Old Firm).