Aberdeen FC boss Derek McInnes insists Pittodrie is the best place for teenage winger Scott Wright’s development.
McInnes recently knocked back an approach from Inverness Caley Thistle boss Richie Foran to take the 19-year-old on a season-long loan to the Highlands.
Foran made the enquiry after watching the teen net a hat-trick in Aberdeen Under-20s’ 5-2 Challenge Cup win against Highland League Formartine United.
The highly-rated winger also featured as a substitute in the 1-0 Europa League third qualifying round second leg loss to Maribor in Slovenia earlier this month.
With winger Jonny Hayes sidelined with a hamstring injury, Wright also offers a vital wide option to McInnes.
McInnes said: “Richie (Foran) called about Scott a few weeks ago.
“From speaking to Richie, I was never convinced that he saw Scott as a starter.
“If I am going to loan any of my young players out, it is important they go and play.
“We also have an injury to Jonny Hayes and Scott is doing great.
“Scott is playing with a high level of consistency with his performance in training and games.
“The best place for Scott is here at the minute.”
Aberdeen will be without Republic of Ireland cap Hayes for Saturday’s home Premiership clash with Partick Thistle.
Summer signing Callum Morris is closing in on a return to fitness and is set to feature for the U20’s next week as he steps up his recuperation from injury.