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Aberdeen Striker Sam Cosgrove Sees Yellow Card For Simulation Against Livingston Rescinded

Today, 12:16 PM

Sam Cosgrove’s yellow card for simulation against Livingston has been rescinded.

Aberdeen appealed the booking given by referee Craig Thomson in the second half of Tuesday’s 3-2 win for an alleged dive.

Cosgrove went down in the 63rd minute after bypassing Livi midfielder Scott Robinson and proceeded to fall when his came across the front of the substitute.

The Dons announced on Wednesday they would be appealing the booking to the Scottish FA and it has been rescinded.

Cosgrove scored his third goal of the season against Livi, netting the equaliser before Lewis Ferguson’s late winner.

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Dons Keeper Lewis Ready For The Fight As Games Come Thick And Fast

Today, 12:12 PM

Dons keeper Joe Lewis is relishing a congested fixture card and reckons packing in the games brings out his top form.

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Derek Mcinnes Eager To See Hoban Return To Dons Squad

Today, 12:10 PM

Aberdeen are set to welcome back on-loan Watford defender Tommie Hoban after the Premiership winter break in January.

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Future Is Bright For Aberdeen As Derek Mcinnes Praises Impact Of Youngsters In Dons’ First Team

Today, 07:31 AM

Derek McInnes believes the growing number of young players involved in the Aberdeen first team proves the future is bright at Pittodrie.

Nineteen-year-old Lewis Ferguson was once again the late hero for the Dons in Tuesday’s dramatic 3-2 win against Livingston with the introduction of Connor McLennan, also 19, at the interval helping inspire the Dons to victory, having trailed 2-1 at the break.

Gary Mackay-Steven, Mikey Devlin, Scott McKenna and Graeme Shinnie were all been called up by Scotland manager Alex McLeish for the recent Uefa Nations League qualifiers against Albania and Israel but Aberdeen’s work at youth level has been recognised throughout the age groups.

Lewis Ferguson, Bruce Anderson and Connor McLennan were in Scot Gemmill’s under-20 squad for last month’s friendly against Turkey, while Archie Mair, Dean Campbell and Seb Ross were called up by Billy Stark for the under-19 European Championship qualifiers against Wales, San Marino and Sweden.

To complete their run of call-ups, Calvin Ramsay, Lyall Booth, Kevin Hanratty and Tom Ritchie – all Club Academy Scotland Cup winners with the young Dons – were named in Stuart McLaren’s first squad for the Victory Shield. Manager Derek McInnes has not been shy in giving youth its chance this season with Ferguson making several match-winning contributions since his summer move from Hamilton and Anderson and McLennan both making goalscoring contributions.

He said: “During the last international break, we were well represented at all age groups and it’s great to have so many in the under-20s and under-19s. It’s good to be so prominent as it recognises the good work the youth academy are doing.

“Every good club should have a nucleus of young players to provide competition and develop. You’re not going to get everyone to be an established player and many youngsters will come in and out of the team, failing to build on their potential. But the more we can bring through, the better.

“Someone told me a stat that we have the youngest team in the Premiership on average. It may be the reason behind some of the inconsistencies but it shows you can still be competitive.”

Paul Sheerin’s under-20s side made the final of the Youth Cup last season.

Paul Sheerin’s under-20s side reached the final of the Scottish Youth Cup last season and are part of the revamped Reserve League this year. The under-16s beat Hearts in the Club Academy Scotland final at the end of last month at Cove Rangers’ Balmoral Stadium, which also hosts Dons’ reserve games.

Andy Considine, Scott Wright and Danny Rogers have all made first-team appearances having come through the youth setup, while Shinnie was at Dyce Boys Club before moving to Caley Thistle as a teenager. He made his return to Aberdeen in 2015 and was named skipper upon Russell Anderson’s retirement.

McInnes added: “The likes of Scott and Graeme are a great inspiration for everyone at the club, of what can be achieved by playing well for the first team.”

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‘The Only Place I’M Going In January Is Dubai’: Aberdeen Defender Scott Mckenna Dismisses Speculation

Today, 06:00 AM

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna says the only place he intends to go in January is Dubai.

Aston Villa had a £6.5 million bid for the 22-year-old rejected on the final day of the transfer window in August.

Swansea City, Hull City and Celtic are among a series of clubs who have been linked with a move for the Scotland international, who is under contract until 2023.

But the defender is not thinking about the possibility of leaving the Dons when the transfer window reopens next month and says the only move away from Pitttodrie he is expecting is to make is to go on the club’s mid-season break to Dubai.

He said: “I don’t take anything to do with that side of things.

“The  manager will make sure I am focused here and that is what I will concentrate on doing.

“We will get a few days off in January.

“We will get the feet up and then we will be off to Dubai.

“After that we will be preparing for the Scottish Cup game against Stenhousemuir when we come back. That is all I am focusing on.”

McKenna, meanwhile, has praised the contribution goalkeeper Joe Lewis has made this season for the Dons.

While Aberdeen’s attackers have received criticism for a shortage of goals this term, the club’s defence has received plenty of praise for their resolute displays.

McKenna believes a large part of defensive solidity is down to the impact of Lewis, who has kept eight clean sheets in 22 appearances this term.

The defender said: “He is absolutely massive for us.  The penalty save in the Betfred Cup final against Celtic kept us in the game as if they had scored a second so early in the second half it would have left us with a mountain to climb.

“You also saw Joe’s quality in the 1-0 win at Ibrox.  We were down to 10 men and he pulled off a string of brilliant saves.

“If Rangers had equalised with 11 men on the pitch then it would have been really hard but Joe kept them out and his performance gave the entire team confidence.

“He talks to me all the time.  He gets on to me if I am not in the right position you can hear him barking out instructions.

“He is also a top goalkeeper with a real presence.  He comes out and takes corners, take the pressure off us and relaxes us all.”

McKenna believes Lewis, who has been called up to the England senior squad in the past, is capable of playing for bigger clubs than Aberdeen but believes it is a credit to Dons manager Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty that the 31-year-old has pledged his future to the club.

He added:  “It says a lot about the club that we are managing to keep players like Joe.  “I’m sure he has had offers to go elsewhere.

“To be fair Aberdeen are doing their bit.  We have been getting to cup finals and we have been up there challenging at the top end of the league.

“I’m sure that is part of the reason Joe is still here and hopefully he will be here for plenty more years to come.”

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