The Scotland Under-21 international has been one of the most consistent performers for Dons over the last few seasons and has been attracting interest from several clubs ahead of the transfer window.

 

Aberdeen are said to have rejected a £2m bid from newly-promoted Premier League side Watford and the Hornets are expected to come back with an improved offer in the coming weeks.

 

 

Rangers are also tracking the young Scottish midfielder and are expected to make a move if there is any hint that Aberdeen would be prepared to sell him this summer.

 

Barry conceded that the time has come for his nephew, Lewis, to move on from Aberdeen in the next transfer window.

 

 

He feels the Dons have been great for the midfielder as he has been playing regular football at Pittodrie, but believes Lewis is now ready to take the next step in his career.

 

The Rangers legend said on the Go Radio Football Show: “I think it’s time for Lewis to maybe look and go into the next step.

 

 

“He has been at Aberdeen now for three years, he has played a lot of games, he has played week-in-week-out and he is ready.

 

“Aberdeen have done brilliantly for him, there is no doubt about it.

 

“He has improved, certainly under Derek McInnes and I know for a fact he loved playing under Derek.

 

“Maybe now is the time for Lewis to look to take that next step.”

 

Lewis still has three years left on his Aberdeen contract and the Dons may work hard to resist his departure.