Hamilton Accies academy director George Cairns says recently called-up Scotland midfielder Lewis Ferguson has the ‘potential’ to reach the English Premier League, amid Watford interest.

Watford had a low seven-figure offer thrown out by Ferguson’s current club Aberdeen this summer. Ferguson handed in a transfer request but has since bounced back to start the Scottish Premiership season well under manager Stephen Glass. It’s earned him a first call into the Scotland squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers.

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Cairns brought Ferguson through the ranks and into the first-team at Hamilton. He tells NTOF that Ferguson is destined for the top of the game: “There’s always one or two in the academy who stick out from the pack. If you have a good attitude, work hard, train hard and have the willingness to learn, you’ll always have a chance.

“Lewis was a great player in our academy. I always thought Lewis was good enough. He applied himself remarkably well and there was never a chore too big for him. I am really chuffed for him. Of course he has the potential to go to the Premier League. If there was one player who I thought could, it’s Lewis.

“He was always the first I would pick to represent our academy. If you are a good player and work hard, you will get noticed. He gets you goals, penalties, he’s a sensible head in the middle of the park and he’s a digger as well. I try to speak with him as much as I can as he has done really well for himself.”

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