Motherwell starlet Rohan Ferguson is two games away from history with his newly adopted side Linfield.
The stopper joined the Blues on loan this summer. He has since played 5 games for them, playing a vital part in their incredible Europa League run.
They’ve progressed to the Europa League play-offs after beating 10-man FK Sutjeska 3-2 at Windsor Park and 5-3 on aggregate.
It’s the first time Linfield have made it through back-to-back rounds in Europe since 1966 when they reached the European Cup quarter-finals.
Ferguson has played a key role in David Healy’s side’s remarkable run.
Linfield and Motherwell starlet Ferguson face a tough Qarabag test next
To even get to this round is a terrific achievement for the Belfast club. They are the first Irish League side to make the Europa League play-offs and will be the first to make the group stages if they progress past this round.
Against FK Sutjeska Ferguson made a couple of key saves in the second half to keep Linfield in the tie. He denied Bojan Bozovic on multiple occasions at close range, with one particularly impressive save from a close range header.
He played remarkably well in the first leg against Sutjeska, as well as playing a starring role in the match against HB Torshavn in the first leg of the second round qualifier. Without him in that tie, Linfield may not be standing where they are just now.
His biggest test is yet to come though, with a match against Azerbaijan champions Qarabag. They are a sturdy and well tested European outfit, and Linfield will need to pull off a massive shock to get past them.
Not many people would’ve predicted them to reach this round, so they’ll be happy to stick with the underdog card.
As for Ferguson, this is great experience for him. It’ll stand him in good stead for fighting for the Well number one jersey in the near future.
Whatever happens, he’ll be returning to North Lanarkshire with stories of his excellent performances in European football.