Evening Express

McInnes praises ‘outstanding’ teen Ferguson after Burnley wonder goal

Burnley's Lewis Ferguson scores his sides first goal of the game making the score 1-1 during the UEFA Europa League, second qualifying round, second leg match at Turf Moor, Burnley.

Teenage goal hero Lewis Ferguson was today hailed as “outstanding” by Dons boss Derek McInnes.

The 18-year-old summer signing scored a sensational over-head kick in the Europa League clash with Burnley.

Midfielder Ferguson’s sublime goal made it 1-1 at Turf Moor in a game the Reds ultimately lost 3-1 in extra-time.

McInnes handed Lewis his competitive debut in the 1-1 Europa League first-leg draw at Pittodrie last week.

The former Hamilton teen made an impressive debut but stepped that up at Turf Moor.

Ferguson had only made 14 first-team appearances before joining the Dons in the summer.

However, he already looks an accomplished first-team regular.

McInnes said: “Lewis Ferguson is an outstanding young man who is only going to get better.

“Nothing fazes him.

“That is what I love about him.

“Lewis epitomised my whole team. He took his goal fantastically well.”

Aberdeen and Hamilton will go to an SPFL tribunal on August 21 to agree on a training compensation fee the Dons must pay for the Accies’ Youth Academy graduate.

The Dons offered £100,000 for the teenager, but it is understood Hamilton value him at around £900,000.

The matter has gone to SPFL arbitration.

His impressive performances so far will only add to Ferguson’s value – and potentially hit the Dons in the pocket.

Aberdeen are confident the SPFL panel will find the training compensation required closer to their valuation.

Boss McInnes signed three midfielders this summer with Ferguson by far the least experienced.

Republic of Ireland international Stephen Gleeson, 29, was secured alongside Chris Forrester, a £200,000 signing from Peterborough.

Ferguson has been preferred to start both European ties against Burnley.

McInnes said: “Lewis is having to learn quickly but has that personality and confidence.

“Technically he deals with the ball and physically, for someone of 18, he was playing against proper men in a proper physical game and he dealt with that.

“But then Lewis had his moments to light up the game and show he is more than that.”