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Scottish Cup: Young Don Ross Thrives With Warriors – A Side Aberdeen Have Yet To Beat

Today, 10:05 AM

There are more connections between Stenhousemuir and Aberdeen than just today’s Scottish Cup tie.

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Considine: We’Ll Be Treating Stenhousemuir As If It’S Celtic Or Rangers – It’S How We Play

Today, 09:00 AM

Aberdeen defender Andy Considine says the Dons need to treat today’s Scottish Cup clash with Stenhousemuir like it’s the final.

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Aberdeen Defender Mark Reynolds Warns Dons Stars Grass Is Not Always Greener Away From Pittodrie

Today, 08:30 AM

The grass is not always greener on the other side, as Mark Reynolds will tell you.

Everything was set for him joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2011, a former Premier League side who had offered the then-Motherwell defender the chance to crack English football.

However, the manager who brought him there, Alan Irvine, was sacked within a month of him arriving. Under subsequent bosses Gary Megson and Dave Jones, Reynolds barely got a sniff, making just 14 appearances during his time at Hillsborough.

Two loan spells at the Dons proved his salvation and at a time when team-mates may consider leaving Aberdeen, he is grateful with how things panned out.

Reynolds said: “Looking back it was the wrong decision but at the time it was the right decision. If I was to go back then I would still make the same decision. Looking back with the way things transpired people may think it was the wrong decision but if I was in the same position I would make the same decision again.

“For me, everything was right for me to go down to Sheffield Wednesday. Football, as we all know, changes with the toss of a coin. It never worked out for me but in a funny way it saw me ending up here. I have been up for seven or eight years now and I have really enjoyed it. I have had the cup win and my two kids up here so things work in strange ways. I have enjoyed my football here and that is the most important thing.”

Mark Reynolds returned to action in Dubai.

Reynolds was offered a saving grace by his former ‘Well boss Craig Brown, who brought him to Pittodrie twice, before signing him permanently.

Team-mate Graeme Shinnie is one player who has been heavily linked with a move to England and said it impossible to judge this early whether the move would be a success.

Reynolds said: “I can understand why there is interest. We have been second over the last four years. It is a very good changing room and we have very good players. It would be stranger if there wasn’t interest and we weren’t getting offers. Everybody is different and has different ideas. The only time you can judge a decision when you look back at it.

“You can sit down and weigh everything up and it looks great, I did that at Sheffield Wednesday, and it couldn’t have gone worse.

The manager got sacked after two weeks and I couldn’t get involved with the new manager and that was it done. Looking back I maybe shouldn’t have done it but the time I made my decision everything in front of me looked right. You just have to look at your options.

“The good thing for Aberdeen is that it is a good club and we are successful. We have a good changing room, have a good manager, assistants and fan base. Aberdeen have done everything they can to keep boys here. They are all big boys and have decisions to make that they feel is right for them.”

Reynolds himself has come back from six months out with a cruciate ligament injury, in time for today’s Scottish Cup tie against Stenhousemuir. The 31-year-old is eager to make up for lost time.

He added: “I feel as good as I have ever felt. We are lucky here with the sports science department and physios track all our numbers for speed work, weight-lifting and all the stuff. I have surpassed most areas and I have been as strong as I’ve been.

“I have had six months off and now I have built back up. Hopefully I can build that negative into a positive and use it to kick on over the next couple of years. I just want to play as long and as much as I can.”

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Scottish Cup Has To Be The Target For Every Aberdeen Manager, Says Derek Mcinnes

Today, 08:00 AM

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes insists the Scottish Cup has to be the target of any Dons manager.

They start their Scottish Cup campaign this season at home to Stenhousemuir this afternoon, intent on making another challenge for the trophy they last won in 1990.

The Dons were runners-up to Celtic in 2017 and fell at the semi-final stage last year, going down 3-0 to Motherwell at Hampden Park. Aberdeen have only lost one cup game to lower-league opposition under McInnes, against Hibernian in the 2015-16 League Cup.

Preparation has been done on the Ochilview outfit, helped by youngster Seb Ross spending time on loan there this season.

McInnes said: “It’s always important to us – it’s a trophy we want to try and win. That has to be your intention if you’re managing here. We’re at home against lower-league opposition and we’re firm favourites to go through, but people will be able to remind me of the time Stenhousemuir beat Aberdeen, who were a really strong team.

“There will be upsets in every round and we need to make sure we give Stenhousemuir every respect. We have a good handle on them, with Seb Ross being on loan there, and we’ve watched a few games as a staff. We feel we know what we’re facing and it’s about us being very professional, making it a tough game for them and hopefully winning the game.”

Mark Reynolds, Tommie Hoban, Shay Logan, Stevie May, Niall McGinn and Gary Mackay-Steven are all fit and available for today’s game. Mikey Devlin is expected back in full training next week.

McInnes reserved special praise for Reynolds, who has come back from a cruciate ligament injury, sustained in a pre-season game against Cove Rangers in July, quicker than expected.

He said: “It’s sod’s law; we were without so many defenders last month. Now we’ve got Shay, Tommie and Mikey back. Tommie and Mark have been out a long time. Mark has done remarkably well and I’ve got nothing but credit to him.

“He came back into full training just before Christmas and has trained every day since. It’s a bit much for us to expect him just to came straight back in but it’s great to have him about.

“He’s an infectious boy and a great supporter of his team-mates when he’s not involved. He’s an important member of the squad and the dressing room. He deserves everything he gets and it’s great to have him back.

“Tommie started the season well with the Burnley games and scoring at Easter Road. It feels, certainly with both of those lads, like new signings.”

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Greg Stewart: Aberdeen Sign Forward On Loan From Birmingham After Kilmarnock Spell

Yesterday, 04:13 PM

Aberdeen sign Greg Stewart, who spent the first half of the season at Kilmarnock, on loan from Birmingham for the rest of the season.

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