Danny Wilson has played down speculation surrounding youngster Mason Holgate.
Talented teenager Holgate has played just five times for the Reds this season since breaking through the club’s academy system.
But already the 18-year-old is believed to have attracted the attention of Premier League sides including Arsenal and Spurs.
“I’m not too interested to be honest, he’s our player and he’s been doing well for us this season,” revealed Wilson, speaking exclusively to The Star.
“Mason, like some of the other younger players, has come into the side and performed well.
“At the end of the day there’s always going to be speculation, especially when a player is doing well.
“But he just wants to play games and is enjoying the chance to play in the first team.
“However, it’s important he doesn’t lose focus and we’ll try and help manage him so that he doesn’t do too much too soon.
“There’s no danger he’ll get ahead of himself. We’ll keep him grounded and help him develop into an even better player. He’s a great lad.”
Holgate is one of a group of talented youngsters Wilson has steadily been trying to blood into his team as he builds for the future.
In an ideal world Wilson would love to be challenging for the play-offs this season, but he has a blueprint in place to be even better next season – and the youngster’s could play a bigger role.
The highly-rated James Bree is also thought to have attracted interest from a number of other clubs, having impressed this season.
Bree, 17, has played 12 times this season and impressed on numerous occasions against seasoned professionals.
And there’s also defenders George Smith and Jack Cowgill, both of whom have featured for the first team at some stage this term, as well as striker Nana Boakye-Yiadom.
“The progress of the young boys is really pleasing me,” added Wilson.
“We’ve got to be selective about when we use them, but they are the future and I’ve also said I’m going to give young players the opportunity when I can this season.”
Meanwhile, Wilson is working hard to secure longer loan deals for Peter Ramage, Devante Cole, Joe Dudgeon and Marcello Trotta.
All four players see their current deals end in the New Year, which would leave Wilson with a few gaps if he can’t agree extensions with the players’ respective parent clubs.