Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass believes midfielder Lewis Ferguson has got his ‘reward’ after putting Watford interest behind him to earn a Scotland call-up (DM).

The midfielder was subject to a £2 million bid from English Premier League side Watford earlier this summer but it was swiftly rejected. Ferguson handed in a transfer request which was also turned down, but instead of sulking, he has started the Scottish Premiership season excellently. Ferguson is now in the Scots squad for the first time.

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Watford bid for the Aberdeen midfielder. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke’s phone call to Ferguson is deserved according to Glass: “I was fortunate that I was able to bring him in and tell him. Stevie (Clarke) gave me a message in the morning and it was brilliant. He has deserved it as Lewis has been fantastic when his mind could have been all over the place with all the stuff on the periphery.

“He has focused on his football which is what every one of them should be doing. It would be understandable if he was getting swayed by other things. But I am delighted that his endeavours have been rewarded with a call-up. The one thing I didn’t have any doubts about was Lewis’ professionalism.

 

“He is one of the best young midfield players in the country which is why we value him like we do. We want him here and to get him away is going to take quite a bit. Clubs know that. There is always a risk when there are headlines but guys who are level-headed like Lewis know what it takes to do the things you want to do.

“That is train hard every day. We’ll enjoy him for as long as he is here whether it is a week, six months or a year. He has has got his reward for his professionalism and his quality.”

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