This is an excerpt from this week's Claret and Amber Alert, a free Motherwell newsletter written by Graeme McGarry that goes out every Thursday at 6pm. To sign up, click here.

First of all, a disclaimer. Motherwell have not put me up to this in exchange for some juicy transfer titbits come the summer window or some such.

It is not a paid advertisement on their behalf, nor am I in line for any sort of cut should Lennon Miller attract a multi-million-pound fee in the summer. Though, if they’re reading this, you have my number.

You may have noticed though that the club haven’t exactly been backwards at coming forward with their complimentary comment on the youngster of late, with manager Stuart Kettlewell offering unprompted praise of his (admittedly impressive) performance after the brilliant win over Livingston on Wednesday night.

Coming hot on the heels of the dazzling turn that lit up the first half against Celtic and set up Blair Spittal for Motherwell’s stunning opening goal on Sunday, the midfielder is the talk of the town. And he has, I understand, created something of a buzz among the scouting community.

From James McFadden to David Turnbull, the Motherwell fans have witnessed some incredibly talented youngsters breaking through from the Fir Park academy into the first team over the years. Players who have then gone on to earn the club a fortune after a telling contribution in the claret and amber.

They have, though, also seen some who promised much, split the scene early, and then faded away.

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Paul Slane burst into prominence in spectacular fashion with some dazzling displays in the early European matches one summer, before his subsequent move to Celtic turned sour amid serious injuries and an ill-judged jaunt to sample the delights of Amsterdam.

Jake Hastie was another whose star burned brightly before he quickly moved onto Rangers, with Motherwell cashing in, in hindsight, at exactly the right time. His purple patch at Fir Park proved the apex of his career, with the winger having recently joined League One side (just wanted to reiterate that fact) Hamilton Accies.

So, there have been plenty of examples at Fir Park of young players who have taken different paths when they have arrived at that crossroads, the point where their talent is starting to attract headlines in the press and admiring glances from bigger clubs.

Which brings us to Miller. All the signs are that Motherwell have another Faddy or Turnbull on their hands, rather than – with the greatest of respect – a Slane or a Hastie. In fact, it could be argued that Miller is already ahead of both McFadden and Turnbull in his development.

Faddy made his senior debut at 17 in 2000, but it wasn’t until the following season that he really came to any sort of prominence, and then it was the following season still before he was a nailed on regular in the first team.

Turnbull was 18 before he made his senior bow, and again, it wasn’t until into his second season around the first team that he really made a starting berth his own.

Miller is a completely different kind of player than either of those examples, of course, but Stevie Hammell gave him his senior debut just six days after his 16th birthday, making him the club’s youngest ever player in the process, and it was clear from the get-go that he who would soon become an integral part of the starting XI.

Still just 17, he now has almost 30 senior appearances under his belt already, and after his incredible assist at the weekend and another eye-catching display against Livi - both in front of the Sky Sports cameras – he is the club’s latest red-hot property.

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Hopefully though, Motherwell fans will be able to enjoy watching that talent being nurtured at Fir Park for a good while yet.

Thankfully, it appears that Miller has an old head on young shoulders. He has a good family around him, and is clearly being advised well by his dad, former footballer Lee. He signed an extension to his deal at the club in November, and has a contract that runs to the summer of 2026.

I do not know if Motherwell see this summer as the opportune time to cash in on Miller, and that is why they have been singing his praises of late. It is hardly a new phenomenon for clubs to talk up their talent, after all, and you can’t say he hasn’t earned it.

But I just hope - barring a ridiculous offer in the summer that the club can’t turn down - they resolve to keeping Miller for one more season beyond this.

For selfish reasons, it would be a pleasure to see him grow even further as a player while wearing the Motherwell jersey. And for him too, I think it would serve his development and his future career well to get that solid grounding in a place where he is not only loved by the fans, but more crucially, is guaranteed to get regular, substantial game time.

So, Brendan Rodgers (I know he reads this), hands off.

All we can do is enjoy him while he is here, however long that may be. And hope that is for some time to come yet.

And when he does eventually leave, we'll start the bidding at the club record...