ASTON VILLA are the latest club to keep tabs on Bristol City starlet Reuben McAllister.
Steven Gerrard’s Clarets have joined a growing queue of admirers currently tracking the 16-year-old attacking midfielder.
Newcastle United, Rangers and Celtic are already monitoring McAllister, who is the son of former Scotland international Jamie McAllister.
The former Aberdeen, Livingston and Hearts full-back became a fans’ favourite at Bristol City before going on to become Johnson’s assistant manager at Ashton Gate.
He has recently returned to Scotland to become Johnson’s No 2 at Hibernian.
However, his son Reuben has remained at Bristol City where he has made rapid progress rapidly through the Robins’ youth ranks.
McAllister junior made his Under-23’s debut for the Robins against Queen’s Park Rangers last October, aged 15, and has had Premier League scouts flocking to Bristol ever since.
Gerrard is the latest Premier boss to be alerted to McAllister’s talent but faces stiff competition from big clubs on both sides of the border.
Gerrard is keen to push ahead with Villa’s investment in their youth structure and splashed out £350,000 to land Rangers’ super kid Rory Wilson earlier this week.
Wilson, 16, scored a whopping 49 goals in all competitions at youth level last season and the fee could rise to £1million based on appearances and international caps.
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Rangers will also get ten per cent of any future transfer fee for the teenager, who also has eight goals in 11 Scotland Under-17 appearances.
And McAllister is the latest teenage talent to appear on his radar and he is ready to go toe-to-toe with his rivals for the youngster who qualifies to represent both Scotland and England.