FORMER Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has suggested his nephew Lewis should leave Aberdeen to advance his career.
The advice comes as the midfielder has been away from Pittodrie in recent weeks.
The Dons midfielder’s performances saw him linked with various clubs and even earned him a Scottish call-up.
Ferguson has two years of his contract with Dons to run, but boss Jim Goodwin conceded last month he could lose full-back Calvin Ramsay – who has since moved to Liverpool – and midfielder.
Italian club Lecce are keen on the 22-year-old and have submitted a £2million bid to secure his services.
Milwall were also interested in him but appear to have dropped out of the race for Ferguson.
Turkish giants Galatasaray were even reportedly interested, but they seem to have been eyed by Lecce’s big-money offer.
And now his uncle Barry has said it’s absolutely vital that Lewis Ferguson moves out this summer.
Speaking to Go Radio, he said: “He’s been to Aberdeen and played pretty much every game.
“He’s done a really good job for Aberdeen but I think going forward he’s at a stage where he’s played a number of games and made it into the Scottish team, so for the development of Lewis , I think it’s time for him to move on.
“I’m sure Aberdeen will be rewarded financially.
“If you take it all back then it’s time for Lewis to go and try to show off his footballing skills, whether down south or abroad.”
Also asked if he could become Rangers’ next captain, he replied: “I would love nothing more than Lewis to go and play at the top level.
“He’s at a good level now and at a good club. I’m not being disrespectful.
“I just selfishly think about Lewis’ career. I think he still has a level or two to go up and I think now is the time for him to go and try to find the right club for him.
“He’s played a lot of games and scored some good goals for Aberdeen and he’s an international so Aberdeen will want to be rewarded.”
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