He’s been Ross County’s talisman for two seasons now, but with links to the likes of Blackburn and Stoke, Ross Stewart is now showing he’s destined for that level on current form.

In his last two games Stewart has netted three times. It really should be four after he had a strike ruled out for offside in a 4-1 defeat to Celtic after Brian Graham was deemed to be an obstruction.

Graham denied him a goal. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Stewart bounced back from this though with a fine performance against Hibs in a 2-1 win. It comes just hours after a report linked the striker with Championship moves to either Blackburn or Stoke (Daily Record). It’s no surprise really as he has traits both Championship clubs will like.

Stewart is a brilliant targetman

Last season the forward was a key player in County’s Championship winning season, scoring 12 in 36 appearances in all competitions. This season though he’s almost equalled that tally in 16 fewer games.

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Stewart’s netted 11 in 20, flying under the radar as one of the Premiership’s most clinical strikers. He is the joint-third top scorer in the division and is the Staggies top scorer.

Things like his hold up play and dribbling with the ball have room for improvement but it’s clear that Stewart has the potential to be a great striker. He deserves credit for working his way up from the lower reaches of Scottish football with Albion Rovers to finding his name linked with Championship heavyweights.

On current form County will struggle to fend off interest. After a spell of seven league games without a goal, he’s bounced back in terrific fashion with three great headers, one coming against Celtic and the other two against Hibs.

Not only does his height allow him to be a good targetman, his movement is brilliant too. For all three goals, he’s ghosted by his man at either post and headed into the net.

A key part of Stuart Kettlewell and Steve Ferguson’s attack. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

It’s no surprise really to finally see names linked with Stewart. It’s clear that the County forward has star potential, and if the likes of Blackburn and Stoke do come calling, County should demand a big fee.

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