Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill advised striker Liam Boyce to join Burton rather than Aberdeen, describing the English second tier as “a higher level”.
O’Neill says he advised the 26-year-old former Ross County player to “take his chance” at a career in England before his £500,000 move from Ross County.
“Without being disrespectful, if Liam went to Aberdeen and had another season like the one he’s just had, it’s not as if suddenly Manchester City would be coming in for him,” O’Neill said.
Meanwhile, Boyce has said he turned down the Dons to join the Brewers for footballing reasons rather than money.
Last season’s Premiership top scorer with 23 goals said: “I don’t know who said it but the talk of money is just ridiculous.
“It’s completely stupid.”