On-loan Derby County left-back Max Lowe admits he used to be starstruck by manager Frank Lampard.
Now he is happy to take regular advice from the England legend to improve his performances while at Aberdeen.
Lampard has done it all at the highest level. He won the Champions League and also claimed three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and four League Cups.
So any advice or feedback from the 106-cap winning star is like gold dust – and will benefit the Reds.
Lowe said: “It is frightening because with being 21, I am used to watching the gaffer in World Cups.
“When he first came in I was a bit starstruck. But you have to listen to anything he says because he has been there and done it at World Cups and Champions League finals.
“If he says something, I really pick up on it because I want to learn from him.”
Aberdeen secured Lowe on a loan deal until January 2019 from the Championship Rams the day before the summer transfer window closed.
The 21-year-old had started the first two Championship games of the season for Derby only to fall down to third-choice left-back.
However, such was Lampard’s faith in the defender, he signed him on a three-year contract extension 24 hours before he moved north to Pittodrie.
Lowe remains in regular contact with Lampard and assistant Jody Morris, who also played for Chelsea.
The Reds defender said: “The gaffer has been great with me since he came in during pre-season.
“He has shown me the things I can do to improve and Jody is always on the phone to me as well.
“I will text him after the game to let him know how I did and also to see how Derby did.
“They get clips sent to them and Jody will tell me what I should and shouldn’t do defensively.
“I take it all on board as they have both played at a high level and Jody has played in the Scottish league himself. There are no better people to work under.
“Hopefully, Derby can do well this season as well as Aberdeen.”
Lowe produced a superb performance in the 4-1 defeat of St Mirren at Pittodrie before the recent international break.
He pitched in with his first goal for the Dons and also provided an assist for Sam Cosgrove to net his second of the game.
Lowe said: “I love to get forward but I am a defender at the end of the day and that is my job.
“However, at any opportunity I try to put some crosses into the box and get some goals.”
Prior to the St Mirren game, manager McInnes had challenged Lowe to defend like a full-back and attack like a winger. Lowe delivered and was pivotal in that victory.
McInnes said: “Max was positive, he was assertive, imposed himself on the wide player he was against and the pace he’s got is clear.
“It was a lovely finish for his goal although I don’t know how he ended up on the penalty spot.
“However, Max got there and it was a lovely, calm finish.”
McInnes insists Lowe was secured to free up skipper and Scotland international Graeme Shinnie to operate in midfield.
Lowe now faces a battle with Andy Considine to secure that left-back slot against league leaders Hearts.
McInnes said: “We are enjoying working with Max and he is a youngster in the team who will get even better. He’ll have a good career and we’re grateful to have him.
“Especially when at times we know the importance of Shinnie in the middle of the park.
“Andy (Considine) has been a very strong left-back for me over the last few years.
“There will be times when Andy is the better option to play there but against St Mirren, Max was the right one to play left-back.”
Lowe recently indicated he would be happy to extend his loan spell beyond January until the end of the season.
For McInnes that would have been the ideal scenario but admits it is too early into the loan spell to commit to that.
When asked if Lowe’s loan could be extended, McInnes said: “The answer is I don’t know. We would have been happy to do a season-long loan but Derby are in charge of that, as it is with all loans.
“The time to really look at that would be further down the line and seeing where Derby are, where Max is and where we are with regards the whole situation.
“But if this was December 31 and there was a decision to make, hopefully staying here would be a good one as he is a good option.”