Barry Ferguson, the Scotland and Rangers legend, believes Harrison McGahey is destined to reach the very top of the game.
The Sheffield United defender joined Nigel Clough’s side from Blackpool during the close season after being handed his professional debut by Ferguson at Bloomfield Road.
“Harrison will be a star of the future providing he keeps his feet on the ground which I’m sure he will,” Ferguson, speaking exclusively to The Star, claimed. “He has everything that a modern centre-half needs.
“He’s got pace, he’s strong and he reads a game but, most important of all, he listens intently to everything you say and that’s a great trait to have.
“When Sheffield United came in for him, Harrison rang me up and asked if I thought it was the right move. I urged him to grab the opportunity with both hands.
“That’s because I’d spoken with Nigel in the past and he’s a top guy and the type of coach you’d love to work for. It was a no-brainer really.”
McGahey, aged 19, is set to make only the 17th senior appearance of his career when United, who are poised to sign Crystal Palace vice-captain Paddy McCarthy on a month long emergency loan, visit Chesterfield tomorrow for a sell-out League One derby.
“Harrison has thanked me before for giving him an opportunity but it’s all down to him,” Ferguson, now player/manager at Clyde, said. “I’ve explained that to him because he’s the one who has listened and worked hard.
“Because of that, he deserves everything he gets.”
“There was a lot of talk about Harrison when I first took over at Blackpool,” Ferguson added. “I was aware of how highly he was thought of.
“What he’s got to do know is keep on working hard and stay focused. Look to learn, as he does, from the experienced people he’s got around him at Sheffield United.”