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

Today, 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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Aberdeen duo at back for Scotland could come 30 years since Miller and McLeish last played together in dark blue

Today, 11:45 AM

There's a looming possibility an Aberdeen centre-back partnership could once more be paired in the dark blue of Scotland in Cyprus on Saturday.

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Aberdeen loanee Virtanen loving life at Arbroath

Today, 10:43 AM

Miko Virtanen feels Arbroath’s resurgence has proved he made the right decision to join them on loan from Aberdeen.

The Finland youth international joined Dick Campbell’s side at the end of August, fresh from signing a new two-year deal at Pittodrie.

The midfielder has started the last six games for the Gayfield outfit, of which they have won four, putting themselves level on points with Caley Thistle in the final Championship play-off place. They turned over Inverness 3-0 at home on Saturday.

A Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup appearance for the Dons reserves was his sole appearance for his parent club before heading out on loan, with Virtanen delighted with how the move has panned out.

Virtanen said: “It’s excellent for me. Four wins and starting them all – that’s what you want as a young lad.

“Being part of training and getting along with the lads, as a whole the experience has been class.

“I would have been between the two – maybe a couple of bench appearances but most of the time with the reserves.

“I’ve been doing that for two or three seasons now, so we thought it was a good next step for me to come and play men’s football. I thought I was ready for it.

“It’s a really good level. I was wanting to play as high as I could and Arbroath not being too far from Aberdeen, it worked out well. I’m enjoying the games – it’s been brilliant for me to come into.”

Virtanen splits his time training between Aberdeen and Arbroath, allowing Derek McInnes and his coaching team to keep tabs on the 20-year-old’s progress.

He added: “I’m in every other day pretty much at Aberdeen and keep in close contact with my team-mates and the staff at Aberdeen.

“They keep asking how I’m doing and keep close contact with the coaching staff here.

“They come watch games when they can and it’s a really good close relationship between the two clubs.”

Prior to beating the Caley Jags, Arbroath had also beaten Morton, Partick Thistle and Alloa on their run to fifth in the table.Virtanen said: “We’ve been really good home and away and it shows the quality we’ve got in the team. Even as a part-time team, we can really challenge the teams above us. Long may it continue.

“We’re not thinking too far ahead – we’ll see how we get on against Morton and go from there.

“It’s only us and Alloa that are part-time so, as the gaffer says, there’s a cause for us to fight.”

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Inverurie Locos prove spot on in feisty Shield encounter with Aberdeen

Today, 10:34 AM

Inverurie Locos beat Aberdeen on penalties in a thrilling Shire Shield quarter-final at Harlaw Park.

Locos will face Huntly or Turriff United away from home in the semi-final.

The Dons had first-team players Ash Taylor, Bruce Anderson and Ethan Ross in their starting line-up.

Defender Taylor was making his comeback having been out with a hamstring injury sustained against Georgian side Chikhura Sachkhere in the Europa League qualifying second round on July 25.

The 29-year-old quickly settled into the game with the Reds dominating possession in the early stages.

Yet for all Aberdeen’s possession Inverurie had the first meaningful effort when Neil Gauld connected with Andy Hunter’s cross from the right wing, but goalkeeper Sam Jackson gathered the header at the second attempt.

Locos took the lead in the 21st minute when Calum Dingwall lashed a sublime left-footed shot into the top left corner from 30 yards.

The Dons struggled to create an opening in the first period, with Inverurie’s defence limiting chances for strikers Anderson and Michael Ruth.

Locos were 2-0 up four minutes from half-time. Keeper Andy Reid’s long clearance was flicked on by Gauld for Stott, who raced through and fired under Jackson into the net.

Andy Hunter is sent off for a tackle on Ethan Ross.
Picture by Kenny Elrick

A minute before the interval Inverurie were reduced to 10 men when referee Dan McFarlane brandished a straight red card to Hunter, who caught Ethan Ross in a tackle.

Despite having a man fewer, committed defending from Locos meant they kept the Dons at bay until 70 minutes.

After a period of Aberdeen pressure Anderson stabbed home from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later sub David Dangana raced through, but Reid made a smothering save at his feet and the striker’s second attempt was deflected wide.

But with 15 minutes left the Dons did equalise when sub Kevin Hanratty’s cross from the left was tapped home by Dangana.

There was no further scoring and penalties were required to decide the tie.

Neil McLean, Jonny Smith, Dingwall, Jamie Michie and Ryan Broadhurst all scored for Inverurie with Hanratty blazing over the bar for the Dons which meant, despite Anderson, Ruth, Connor Barron and Ethan Ross scoring, Locos progressed.

Ryan Broadhurst slots the winning penalty.
Picture by Kenny Elrick

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WATCH: McGinn goal nets him SPFL team of the week slot alongside Peterhead’s McAllister

Yesterday, 04:05 PM

Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn and Rory McAllister of Peterhead have been named in the SPFL team of the week.

McGinn netted an equalising free-kick for the Dons in their 3-1 win at Ross County, while McAllister scored twice for Peterhead against Clyde.

Peterhead’s Rory McAllister.

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