A report in The Sun this morning claims that Sir Alex Ferguson sent his brother Martin, one of his most trusted scouts, to have a look at 17-year-old John Fleck, the Rangers attacker described by some in Scotland as the “Scottish Wayne Rooney.”
According to the tabloid newspaper, Martin Ferguson went to the Rangers match at Aberdeen on Saturday where Fleck played 70 minutes of the match. Fleck made his first appearance of the season a week before against Falkirk and was named man of the match in a 3-1 victory.
John Fleck, who is the nephew of Robert Fleck – the former Scottish international, became the youngest British player to play in a senior cup final when he came on as a substitute in the 2007/2008 Scottish Cup final win over Queen of the South.
Fleck, who stands 6.0ft tall, is a player of massive promise despite his tender years. His direct running, powerful style and extreme confidence has earmarked the forward as one of the most promising talents to emerge in Scotland for quite some time.
Rangers assistant coach Ally McCoist recently waxed lyrical over Fleck.
McCoist: “In terms of John’s footballing ability, I don’t think I’ve come across anyone as advanced mentally at his age. In that respect, you don’t have too many worries about him. But there are a million other things that could affect him and it’s our job to protect him off the park as it is when he is training and playing… Flecky has put one foot on the first rung of a massive ladder. He’s got absolutely miles to go but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go on to have a fabulous career.”
Video evidence of John Fleck can be seen here.