Former Don Ryan Fraser insists Scott McKenna could cut it in the English Premier League.
The Aberdeen centre-back has played alongside the Bournemouth winger for Scotland and Fraser has been impressed.
McKenna has been the subject of plenty of interest from down south. Hull City had four bids for the 22-year-old turned down in January.
In the summer, Swansea City expressed an interest in McKenna, while Aston Villa had a bid knocked back to sign him on loan and then buy him for £6.5 million.
Although those three teams are in the English Championship, many believe McKenna is capable of making the step into the English Premier League when he leaves Pittodrie.
Fraser is someone who moved to England at a young age, leaving the Dons for then-League One Bournemouth aged 18 in January 2013.
Following two promotions, Fraser is now starring in the Premier League and has the most assists in the division so far this season with six.
He believes McKenna is good enough to play at the same level.
Fraser said: “He is definitely someone who could play in the Premier League.
“Scott will have his own ambitions. I don’t know what he wants and what future holds for him. But if he believes in himself and keeps doing the right things then anything is possible for him.”
Fraser and McKenna both starred for Scotland in the UEFA Nations League wins over Albania and Israel which secured top spot in group C1.
Fraser admits before he played with McKenna he was unsure as to how good he actually was.
But having played and trained with him, Fraser is in no doubt about McKenna’s quality and believes the large sums that have been rejected by Aberdeen for the stopper show how highly thought of he is at Pittodrie.
Fraser said: “I have been impressed with Scott.
“I have to say, no offence intended, but I said to Graeme Shinnie that I didn’t think he was that good because I hadn’t seen him much and hadn’t played with him.
“But when he’s come away with Scotland I’ve found out that he is a top defender.
“For Aberdeen to reject the big offers they had for him they must think very, very highly of him.”
Fraser believes the performance of McKenna in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Israel showcased his talent.
As well as marshalling the Scotland defence as they clung on in the closing stages, McKenna can make an impact going forward.
His passing out from defence is something that has impressed Fraser and he believes the ability to start attacks from the back is something that is crucial in the modern game.
Fraser said: “He does everything, Scott. He defends well and can play long balls when it’s needed.
“I think what goes unrecognised is that if he is told to pass the ball Scott is more than willing to step forward and find a pass.
“That is important because in modern day football there are a lot of managers wanting their defenders to step in and pass the ball.
“That’s certainly the case in England – maybe at Aberdeen they play more direct, I don’t know.
“But for Scotland you can see that Scott is good at both.”