QPR boss Mark Warburton has dismissed reports linking youngster Sinclair Armstrong with the likes of Manchester City and Celtic.
The Irish striker, 18, recently returned from a loan spell at National League side Torquay, where he made eight appearances and scored two goals.
He joined the R’s from Shamrock Rovers in 2020 and has been touted as a rising star.
But Warburton told West London Sport: “I’d imagine his agent has been extremely busy.
“He’s 18 and played eight games for Torquay. I’m not being derogatory in any way, I just don’t want to put pressure on a young player’s shoulders too early.
“Rumours of Celtic and Man City? I’d imagine certain agents have been extremely busy.”
Armstrong was on QPR’s substitutes’ bench for their recent FA Cup tie against Rotherham.
He looks likely to make another loan move during this month’s transfer window.
Warburton said: “He’s come back, had a couple of training sessions with the first team, and we have to look at what’s now best for his development.
“He’s got a long way ahead of him and it’s a very tough industry. So let’s not put unnecessary pressure on his shoulders – even if they are very broad shoulders.”