KRIS BOYD has tipped Lewis Macleod to follow in Barry Ferguson's footsteps and become the next top Scottish star.
The midfielder turned in a superb performance against Ferguson's Clyde on Monday night as he scored twice in an 8-1 rout for Rangers.
It was the latest in a long line of terrific showings from the 20-year-old, who has emerged through the Ibrox youth ranks to become a key part of Ally McCoist's side and one of the brightest prospects in the country.
Boyd said: "It would be wrong for me to sit here and put a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but I think we can all see what a talent he is.
"But at the end of the day, there has been a lot of talent come through this club and Scottish clubs who have not really gone on and progressed they way they should have.
"I think when you look at it, the last one who has really went to the top was Barry Ferguson, maybe Scott Brown too, who is a fantastic player.
"But Lewis Macleod could go on to become one of them if he keeps training properly, the way he does, day in and out and applies himself properly.
"I think he listens to a lot of the older ones who tell him what to do. When you look at his performance [on Monday], he was fantastic, but he has been like that all season, even from pre-season.
"He has came in, took the ball, even when he was out on the left or as a centre midfield player.
"When he came into the centre of the pitch tonight, he caused them all sorts of problems and he will be looking to kick on from there."
Macleod has shown he has the skill and mentality to play for a club of Rangers' size as he has helped them to two successive titles.
Boyd knows his level-headed approach to the game will pay dividends for player and club.
He said: "It's massively important because I think when you look at a lot of young kids in Scotland, they can get carried away with themselves and probably believe the hype that is there and go the way a lot of youngsters do and end up falling by the wayside.
"But he has got his head screwed on properly. He is enjoying his football and he is enjoying being here.
"He's seen the tough times at this club but hopefully he will stay around and if we all stick together as a team and he's part of that team I think we can win this league and push on and pose a challenge next year."