The man Dundee United fans used to love to hate has branded superkid Ryan Gauld “unstoppable”.
Willie Miller, who skippered Aberdeen during the height of the clubs’ New Firm rivalry has watched Gauld several times this season in his role as a BBC radio pundit.
The latest time was for Saturday’s 4-1 Tannadice win over Hearts.
And the Dons legend admits he’s been blown away by “Mini Messi” and highly impressed by the team’s rise to third in the Premiership.
“You can’t help being thrilled by the way they play football,” said Miller.
“I have to confess I feared the worst when I saw them lose to Inverness Caley Thistle at Tannadice earlier in the season.
“But Jackie McNamara kept his nerve and showed real bravery by pinning his faith in the host of hot young talents coming through their youth system.
“Ryan Gauld in particular is almost unstoppable at the moment. He has done more than most to help United climb up to third.”
With Aberdeen also riding high in the table, Miller believes the rivalry between them and United could be getting back to the levels of the 1980s when they were the dominant sides in the country.
“We could be heading into an exciting new era for Scotland’s New Firm. I was fortunate to play for Aberdeen at a time when ourselves and Dundee United were seen as the major forces in the Scottish game.
“We broke the Old Firm’s domination with sides full of exciting home-bred talents backed up by some more experienced, but prudent, signings.
“I’m overjoyed that history appears to be repeating itself at Pittodrie and Tannadice.
“Scottish football has been crying out for the New Firm to come out of their slumber and it’s brilliant it finally seems to be happening.”