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Extra Time: 'Mini-Messi' Ryan Gauld shines for Dundee United

The 17-year-old midfielder is making waves north of the border, grabbing four assists in his side's rout of Partick Thistle on Saturday

There is a buzz in the Scottish Premiership thanks to Dundee United schemer Ryan Gauld who collected four assists in the 4-1 rout of Partick Thistle on Saturday.

The 17-year-old has drawn comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for his inventiveness, diminutive stature and precise left-foot and was the focal point of Jackie McNamara's side at Tannadice Park.

Gauld assisted Scotland international Gary Mackay-Steven twice and laid on goals for Andy Robertson and Brian Graham as the Terrors claimed their third consecutive league win to move into fourth.

"He was magnificent today," McNamara told BBC Radio Scotland in the aftermath of their victory.

"He's got the ability to see the passes before everybody else in the stadium can see it."

Such performances have drawn an audience from admirers such as Liverpool, who reportedly had scouts watching the midfielder on Saturday, although he isn't expected to be allowed to leave the club for less than £6 million.

The Aberdeen-born youngster is also reportedly drawing interest from Real Madrid, Newcastle and Everton.

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