Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson is one of four nominees on the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year shortlist – and the teenager’s meteoric rise at Pittodrie shows why he deserves the award.
Motherwell duo Jake Hastie and David Turnbull, as well as Rangers’ Ryan Kent, are also on the four-man shortlist to crown the best young player in the country.
Since moving to Pittodrie from Hamilton last summer, Ferguson has been an integral part of Derek McInnes’ side – and got his Dons career off to a flying start with an incredible overhead kick against Burnley in the Europa League.
The midfielder also scored the goal that sealed Aberdeen’s place in the Scottish League Cup final over his dad Derek’s old side Rangers.
With a famous dad and uncle – who both made their names at the Dons’ rivals Rangers – there was always going to be high hopes of Lewis’ shoulders but the 19-year-old has more than lived up to expectations in his first season in the Granite City.
Ferguson has made 41 appearances so far for the Dons, with seven goals and eight assists to his name, and has been a big part in Aberdeen reaching the League Cup final and Scottish Cup semi-final this season.
He faces some tough competition to win the award, voted for by his fellow players, but has consistently shown this season why he deserves to lift it.