Lewis Ferguson: Why Aberdeen midfielder’s momentum is vital for club and country as Cagliari watch

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Lewis Ferguson (L) and Billy Gilmour during Scotland training at Hampden. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

After scoring two penalties in Saturday’s vital win over Hibs, he hopes Aberdeen can build on their first league victory of 2022 and work their way into the top six as the Premiership splits into two. early next month.

A member of Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad who have been buoyed by recent performances and results, the 22-year-old midfielder also wants to harness that wave of positivity ahead of the critical World Cup play-offs, which have been pushed back to June due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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“We have some massive games coming up this summer so I’m sure the manager and the staff will want to use this camp to keep that consistency and for us to keep playing well,” said the player currently scouted by the squad. Serie A Cagliari. .

Lewis Ferguson celebrates after scoring to make it 2-1 in a Premiership cinch match between Aberdeen and Hibs. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

“We will try to win both games and keep that momentum going.

“It’s absolutely huge as we try to get into a World Cup. We’re looking forward to it and we want to keep that momentum going so we can continue it this summer and then we can see where it takes us.

Game by game, Clarke’s men have grown ever closer to Qatar and have been looking forward to the play-offs this month, before Russia’s war with Ukraine forced them into a postponement.

Instead of the expected semi-final brawl with Ukraine, the Scots will host Poland in a fundraising friendly, aimed at bolstering Unicef’s humanitarian efforts in the war-torn country.

“It’s great,” Ferguson said as he hosted the friendly. “What’s happening right now is not ideal but it’s a good way to show our support. Hopefully the fans can turn out in numbers and show their support for Ukraine. It would be great to raise a lot of money. money and help them in their current situation.

The two-game encounter – Scotland face the losing side of the other play-off semi-final on Tuesday in a non-competitive match – will allow Clarke to work with his side ahead of this summer’s all-or-nothing games, helping to sharpen the understanding, team spirit and determination of the team.

“To spend a week or 10 days with guys who are playing at a level that I want to play is great,” said Ferguson, who was selected twice by Clarke. “Just spending time with these guys, training with them and seeing how they prepare for training, games and how they work can only benefit me.

“If I can pick out little things from every player who plays at this higher level, I can integrate things into my own game.

“It’s always a pleasure and an honor to be called up to your national team. It’s everyone’s dream.

“It’s great for me because the team is littered with English Premier League players and players who play at the highest level.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team.

“[Clarke] obviously likes consistency and I did well in the first two camps and really enjoyed that.

“It was great to be involved and I hope it continues. I will keep pushing to get into the team.

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