Sunderland’s Ross Stewart has been backed to continue finding more gear as he continues his climb up the football pyramid. Ross County general manager Steven Ferguson believes there is no upper limit for the Black Cats striker after an impressive campaign.
Stewart was voted League One Fans’ Player of the Year after scoring 26 goals in all competitions last season. The Scotsman was a shrewd purchase and comfortably filled the boots left behind by Charlie Wyke last season.
His fine form saw him called up for the Scotland squad ahead of their World Cup play-off against Ukraine and Nations League matches in the coming weeks. This remarkable rise comes as no surprise to the bosses of his former club.
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“Stuart (Kettlewell) and I have said it, Ross has two or three more gears to go,” Ferguson told the Ross-shire Journal. “We feel that its trajectory has been upward, and it continues to climb.
“There’s really no ceiling for Ross with the attributes he has and the attitude he has. Ross will understand that and know it’s a fantastic opportunity for him to start over.
Stewart’s call-up continues Ross County’s growing reputation for player development. Ferguson added: “That’s exactly what we want to do at this football club.
“It was Stuart and I who brought Ross in, but managers have given players platforms before, and Malky (Mackay) is doing that now. Stuart and I were no different – we gave Ross the platform , but you can only offer the platform.
“Then it’s up to the players to take the opportunity, and Ross is certainly the last one to really take that opportunity and advance his own career. We certainly enjoyed having him when we had him in County County. Ross.