Current Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall told the Daily Record how reported Derby County target Luke McCowan could turn out to be a very special player.

According to Football Insider, Derby and Cardiff City are keen on McCowan.

The Ayr United attacker has been in fine for the Scottish Championship side this season, scoring eight goals and grabbing a further seven assists in 17 games.

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His former boss McCall was a huge fan of the player, telling reporters this past summer how McCowan has the attributes to reach the very top.

I’ve been wrong about many things over the years. But I just have a feeling that Luke could be very, very special indeed. It’s up to him now and he has to go on and prove himself. But we think he has a right future in the game and are very excited to see him develop.

McCall, a former Rangers player, has been a manager for over two decades. He will have seen many top young Scottish players, and he ranks McCowan near the top.

McCowan has taken over the mantle at Ayr United from now Scotland international Lawrence Shankland who departed the club to join Dundee United two years ago.

But Ayr could lose their prized asset on the cheap. McCowan’s contract expires next summer, and both Derby and Cardiff could seek a bargain January deal.

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Derby lack genuine wingers with Tom Lawrence, Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn better in central roles. McCowan could offer the Rams fresh impetus out wide.

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