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Aberdeen youngster Turner explains benefit of playing with first-team defender Taylor

Today, 04:01 PM

Young Don Luke Turner believes he will benefit from the experience of playing alongside Ash Taylor.

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Aberdeen’s McKenna not thinking about January window after ‘worst’ summer dreaming of move

Today, 12:42 PM

Defender Scott McKenna admits he worked for an entire year to secure a dream move to England – only for it to turn into a nightmare summer.

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Sheerin hails Taylor’s return to bolster Aberdeen reserves despite loss

Today, 10:45 AM

Aberdeen reserve manager Paul Sheerin was thrilled that Ash Taylor was involved for their Aberdeenshire Shield tie against Inverurie Locos.

The central defender was back after the hamstring injury he suffered in the Europa League qualifier against Chikhura Sachkhere on July 25.

To build up match sharpness, Taylor turned out for the reserves against the Railwaymen in Tuesday’s Shield quarter-final at Harlaw Park.

Although 10-man Locos won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, Sheerin was delighted that Taylor had played.

He said: “It was brilliant to have Ash involved and brilliant for the young players.

“We’ve got two 2003s and a 2002 playing alongside Ash. From their point of view it’s great experience and for Ash it was just about getting 90 minutes under his belt.

“He hasn’t played in a long time and was a wee bit rusty but he still makes such a difference.

“He was dragging people around him into position. That experience of playing somebody who’s played so many games in Scotland and England is beneficial.”

Sheerin was disappointed to exit the Shield but hopes his young charges learn from the experience.

Aberdeen development team manager Paul Sheerin

He said: “The physicality and playing against men is important for the players.

“On Tuesday it was all first-team footballers that Inverurie played and they are a team that’s been going well in the last few weeks.

“We were aware of that and on a night of tough conditions both underfoot and overhead it was a night where they had to roll their sleeves up and match Inverurie’s physicality.

“In the main we did that, but there were two sucker punches in the first half and we were 2-0 down.

“We managed to get ourselves back into it in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

“As frustrating as it is going out in the quarter-final of the Shield and the semi-final of the Aberdeen Cup – it’s always a learning process.”

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McKenna’s still got one eye on move to England

Today, 06:00 AM

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna has withdrawn his transfer request at the club – but the defender has not given up on his dream of playing in England.

The central defender was the subject of £3 million bids from Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest in the summer and has also been linked with a move to Celtic in the last 18 months and put in a transfer request on the eve of the club’s Europa League tie against HNK Rijeka in the summer in the hope of forcing through a move before the EFL transfer window closed.

His request was rejected and McKenna remains at Pittodrie. He insists he will continue to give his all to the Dons but the 23 year-old remains hopeful of earning the opportunity to play in England.

When asked if his request still stands, McKenna said: “No. That was in a few months ago, but as soon as the window closed, my attention was back on Aberdeen. I just need to keep my head down and see what happens come January.

“When you have been working for the full year, building up to that point that you thought was going to be the time, there was that wee bit of disappointment. But it can’t linger for too long.

“The window closed. We were in Croatia and we had a game an hour or two later. There was no time for me to dwell on things.

“As frustrating as it can be, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, apart from try to play well.”

With the window due to open again in January McKenna can bolster his hopes of earning a move if he impresses for club and country in the next six weeks.

The defender, who is with the Scotland squad ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan, said: “As soon as every window closes, the next six months is always big.

“The closer you get to the window, all you hear is people saying ‘you need to play well the next five or six games. Your future could depend on it’. You become used to it.

“I’ve heard it so many times now. I just want to do as well as I can in every single game I play in, whether that’s for Scotland or Aberdeen.

“Hopefully Aberdeen will win games. We are out of the League Cup, but we want to finish as high up the table as we can.

“For Scotland, it’s about trying to qualify. I know we can’t do it through these two games, but hopefully I can stay in the squad and the team for March.”

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Aberdeen boss McInnes looks to tie up extended spell for attacker this week

Yesterday, 12:48 PM

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hopes a deal to extend Jon Gallagher’s loan can be thrashed out with Atlanta United this week.

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