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Has Scotland found its own Lionel Messi? Ryan Gauld, aged only 17, is being touted as a successor of sorts to the Barcelona superstar, and a high-profile transfer from the SPL to Manchester United or Liverpool could be on the cards.

The Dundee United midfielder has five goals in 15 first-team appearances this season, while he provided assists for all four of his side's goals on Saturday, as he gave the Partick Thistle defence a torrid afternoon at Tannadice.

Gauld stood out as someone very unique indeed during this Scottish Premiership clash and his manager Jackie McNamara regards the teenager as a talent like no other he has professionally encountered.

"He was outstanding, he was involved in every goal. I've not worked with a talent like that before. He's something very special," McNamara told reporters.

"His weight of pass, his decision-making and everything. He sees things before anyone else in the stadium can see it.

"He's special."

While the comparisons with Messi have flooded in, links with Manchester United and Liverpool have also emerged, with David Moyes reported to have sent Old Trafford representatives to watch the player in action for Scotland under-21s.

The Premier League champions also had scouts posted to watch Gauld at the weekend, while Brendan Rodgers ensured Liverpool were too represented in the stands at Dundee United.

Should Manchester United or Liverpool decide to formalise their interest in the player, then £6 million is the figure being reported as the fee demanded by the Gauld's current employers.

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