He’ll go to the very top of the game. No ques­tion about it

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be fair, he made a cou­ple of mis­takes in those early games, but he didn’t let it af­fect him and soon he was show­ing ev­ery­one just how good he was.

“So, in terms of his tem­per­a­ment, he has such a good head on his shoul­ders. Noth­ing has fazed him yet. He took go­ing into that first-team en­vi­ron­ment with no prob­lems, and even when we were play­ing big games live on the tele­vi­sion in the FA Cup, for ex­am­ple, he was never af­fected by it.

“So, while play­ing for ei­ther side of the Old Firm would be a step up again, I have no doubts at all about his abil­ity to han­dle it. Yes, in some ways he would be a project, be­cause he is so young and is still de­vel­op­ing as a player, but he is al­ready good enough to make an im­pact on ei­ther the Celtic or Rangers start­ing line-ups, and I would ex­pect him to be part of the first-team pic­ture in Glas­gow in no time at all.

“Neil Len­non has thrown

Jeremie Frim­pong into the Celtic team and he has flour­ished, and I think Jar­rad would blos­som too if he goes some­where with a man­ager who will give him a chance .”

The phys­i­cal chal­lenge of play­ing in Scot­land would present no prob­lems to Bran­th­waite ei­ther, ac­cord­ing to Press­ley, hav­ing seam­lessly han­dled the rough and tum­ble of life in League Two.

“Even at 17, there is no way he will be bul­lied,” he said. “He can han­dle the phys­i­cal side of the game no prob­lem at all.

“It’s a bit of a myth that the Scot­tish game is over-phys­i­cal any­way. The game in Eng­land is much more phys­i­cal in terms of the size of the play­ers and the way that the game is played, and espe­cially so in League Two. But it was never an is­sue for him.

“As I said, his all-round game is so good that it is dif­fi­cult to pick out many flaws. If I was at ei­ther Celtic or Rangers, it would be a no­brainer to go and sign him.”

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