Hearts Aaron Hickey has had a meteoric rise in since making his debut for the Tynecastle side in the 2-1 loss to Celtic on the last day of last season.
He followed that up with a start in the Scottish Cup Final. Then came a winning goal against Hibs in the Edinburgh Derby. Now he has become a mainstay of the Tynecastle side’s first-team.
Now the player, who is just 17, has received an eye-catching accolade.
He has been named in the Guardian’s Next Generation 2019, which is an annual list of the top 60 youth football players list in world football.
Latest accolade for a talented player
Hickey is the only player who plays in Scotland to feature in the list. Being featured in such a prestigious list is just the latest accolade for a player who seems to have a very bright future in the game.
Of course, Hickey is only at the beginning of his career. Craig Levein will be watching every game Hickey plays for signs of tiredness.
Manager will be wary of burnout
Should it seem like he has played too many games and his form dips, then Levein will take him out of the side. For now though, Hickey more than deserves his place in the Hearts side.
Should his excellent form continue, then the problem Hearts will have is fending off clubs who want to sign the player. That is for the future though. For now, the player has to keep his feet on the ground, and keep playing his football.