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Mcinnes Will Fight For Lowe’S Aberdeen Return

Yesterday, 11:30 AM

Boss Derek McInnes confirmed Derby County have not ruled out the chance of Max Lowe returning to the Dons next season.

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Derek Mcinnes Hopes Pittodrie Woes Do Not Cost Aberdeen European Spot

Yesterday, 06:00 AM

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is hoping his club’s poor home form in the second half of the season does not cost them a place in Europe today.

The Dons missed out on automatic qualification for the Europa League after being pipped to third place on goal difference last weekend by Kilmarnock.

A fourth place finish means the Dons need Celtic to beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden today to qualify for the Europa League and while McInnes is unhappy at relying on a helping hand from the Hoops today he knows his players only have themselves to blame for their predicament.

He said: “It’s a horrible feeling knowing it is out of your hands and we hope Celtic win the cup final and we get our European spot.

“But we got to 67 points and I felt 70 was what we needed to get a European spot. We beat Kilmarnock and both Edinburgh teams and I hoped nine, maybe 10 points would be enough but Kilmarnock got a big result against Rangers and we have to congratulate them.

“Our away form was outstanding but our home form came back to bite us, especially those three matches against Livingston, St Mirren and Hamilton. We needed nine points and we took two and it has cost us.”

Irrespective of today’s result at the National Stadium McInnes faces a busy summer as he rebuilds his squad for the next campaign.

Captain Graeme Shinnie is the most high-profile departure as he heads for Derby County and replacing the inspirational driving force of the team will be the Aberdeen manager’s biggest challenge but he insists Dons fans will see a competitive side representing their club next season.

James Wilson has been linked with a return to Aberdeen.

McInnes, who has been linked with a move to bring Manchester United’s on-loan forward James Wilson back to the club on a permanent deal, said: “We are losing Shinnie but we have had big rebuilds in the past and we will go again.

“I understand because we are losing big characters why people think it’s a big summer but we will do our business and be back next season.

“We can still be competitive. Everyone said it was the end of Aberdeen being competitive after the Scottish Cup final in 2017 and unfortunately we have fallen short this year but we will be back to try to get to more cup finals and upset a few people along the way.

“It’s part of the job. I’ve been doing this now for nearly 12 years and the break-up of any team can be emotional at times but before you know it we’ll be back talking about new players.

“We wish everyone well who moves on but hopefully we can enjoy our summer break with European football to look forward to when we come back.”

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Aberdeen Target James Wilson To Leave Manchester United

24 May 2019 - 05:26 PM

Former Aberdeen loan star James Wilson will leave Manchester United at the end of his current contract on June 30.

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Aberdeen Chase Wilson Deal

24 May 2019 - 08:53 AM

Aberdeen are reportedly keen on securing striker James Wilson on a permanent contract this summer.

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Five Potential Transfer Targets For Aberdeen As Derek Mcinnes Plots Summer Rebuild At Pittodrie

24 May 2019 - 07:00 AM

Silly season is almost upon us in Scottish football which can mean only one thing – transfer speculation is about to spread like wildfire.

Aberdeen can expect to be right at the heart of much of it this summer as Dons boss Derek McInnes faces up to a major rebuild at Pittodrie.

Curtis Main is expected to be confirmed as an Aberdeen player early next month after agreeing a two-year deal to move to the Dons from Motherwell while former Reds defender Ash Taylor has also held talks with the club about a return to Scottish football after terminating his contract at Northampton Town.

Adding a central defender and a striker to his squad would be a promising start for McInnes but with the Dons boss shopping for free agents this summer he will have to choose wisely as he searches for new recruits.

Luckily for him, we’ve done some digging ourselves at the Press and Journal sportsdesk to weigh up some potential targets to add to his shopping list.


Paul Coutts

Sheffield United’s Paul Coutts (left) and manager Chris Wilder celebrate promotion to the Premier League.

The Dons lost one of their own in Graeme Shinnie following the captain’s departure for Derby County so who better to replace him than another one of their own in fellow Aberdonian Paul Coutts.

The 30-year-old was on Aberdeen’s books as a youngster before joining Cove Rangers in the Highland League. He moved to England with Peterborough United in 2008 and has spent the last 11 years in English football following spells at Preston North End, Derby County and most recently Sheffield United.


Craig Bryson

Craig Bryson on Scotland duty.

The 32-year-old Scot, who left Kilmarnock in 2011 to join Derby County, is something of a cult hero at Pride Park following his £350,000 move from Rugby Park eight years ago. A box-to-box player who has played for his country, Bryson is wanted by Killie who are keen to bring him back to Ayrshire but the Dons would also be a good option for him and his energy in midfield would appeal to McInnes.

Paul Caddis

Paul Caddis.

The Dons would love to bring Max Lowe back on loan from Derby County and if the Rams win promotion to the Premier League next week then their chances of landing him may improve, but Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also casting admiring glances towards the left back.

One permanent option for the Dons could be Bradford City’s Paul Caddis. A graduate of Celtic’s youth academy, Caddis has played for Swindon, Birmingham City, Bury, Blackburn and Bradford City, and is a free agent after his contract with the Bantams expires this summer.

Graham Carey

Graham Carey in action for Ross County.

The Irishman is a potential replacement for Gary Mackay-Steven should the winger move on to pastures new. McInnes says he is already planning for life without his talented attacking midfielder and Carey, formerly of St Mirren and Ross County, would be a good fit after a fine spell in England with Plymouth Argyle. With an average of roughly a goal every three games for Argyle Carey, 30, is an intriguing option.

Tom Eaves

Gillingham Town striker Tom Eaves (right).

The striker has scored 22 goals in League One this season, prompting his club Gillingham, who finished 13th, to offer him a new deal.

McInnes needs to bolster his attacking options and should Celtic lend the Dons a helping hand and beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final tomorrow, Aberdeen can use the chance to play in the Europa League this summer to help them attract new players. The 27-year-old, an imposing target man, has found form at Gillingham and will be a target of several clubs.

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Tommie Hoban

Tommie Hoban spent this season on loan at Aberdeen.

The 25 year-old’s loan spell at Aberdeen this season can be summed up in one word – unlucky. A shoulder injury kept him out for months and within weeks of returning he suffered a knee injury which ended his season.

He is out of contract at Watford and despite his lack of first-team action McInnes remains an admirer. A versatile player who can play at right back or central defence, Hoban may just fancy a fresh start in Scotland.

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