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Derek McInnes admits late away goal could change tie

Aberdeen boss knows they have it all to do but is confident of progression. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admits his side have it all to do after the loss of a stoppage-time goal turned what should have been a comfortable Europa League lead over RoPS Rovaniemi into a far more fragile one. The Dons were heading for a 2-0 win in the first leg of the first qualifying round after goals from Niall McGinn and Sam Cosgrove either side of half-time. With more sharpness they could have had a more emphatic win but they lost a poor away goal with almost the last kick of the game as Tommi Jantti netted for the Finns. McInnes said: “You kind of dwell on that at the end of it, because I should be coming in here talking about how it was such an assured performance at this stage of the season against ...

Derek McInnes delighted to snap up James Wilson on permanent deal

The 23-year-old attacker was on loan from Manchester United last season. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is thrilled that James Wilson agreed to make a permanent move to Pittodrie. The 23-year-old attacker was on loan from Manchester United last season but after being freed from the Old Trafford club, he signed a two-year deal with the Granite City men. McInnes is glad to have the England Under-21 international – who came through the ranks at United and had loan spells at Brighton, Derby County and Sheffield United – back at the Ladbrokes Premiership club. He told Aberdeen’s official website: “I’m delighted to have James back. “He is a young player who has had to deal with a lot in a short space of time, but he’s got his whole career ahead of him. “We feel t...

Derek McInnes calls for winning Graeme Shinnie sendoff

The defender will join Derby in the summer. Derek McInnes has urged Aberdeen to hand departing skipper Graeme Shinnie the perfect farewell present with victory at Easter Road. Shinnie will join Premier League hopefuls Derby this summer after agreeing a three-year deal with Rams boss Frank Lampard. The Pittodrie faithful feared they had seen the last of their talismanic captain when he suffered an ankle injury against Kilmarnock last month but he battled back to fitness to play a part in last Friday’s win over Hearts. That win has kept McInnes’ side in the hunt for a third place and a Europa League slot. They now need to beat Hibernian in Leith and hope Rangers can trip up Kilmarnock at Rugby Park as the curtain comes down on the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign. But at the very l...

Derek McInnes rules out possibility of Scotland job

The SFA is looking to appoint a successor to Alex McLeish early next week. The Scottish Football Association has set a Monday deadline to appoint the new Scotland manager – but the job will not be going to Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. Press Association Sport understands Hampden chiefs have decided they cannot afford to wait any longer than early next week to decide on Alex McLeish’s replacement. The squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium is due to be announced on Tuesday, May 28, and the SFA wants to give the new man in charge at least a week to draw up his first selection. However, McInnes will not be moving into the national team hot seat after Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack announced the Reds boss had dropped out of the race. The Don...

Derek McInnes: ‘Aberdeen will focus on ourselves’

The visitors can clinch the Ladbrokes Premiership title on Saturday. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is far more concerned with boosting his side’s European targets than worrying about a potential title party at Pittodrie. Celtic only need a point from their trip to the Granite City on Saturday to wrap up their eighth consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership crown. Aberdeen are also looking to continue an impressive sequence as they bid for a sixth successive season in Europe and need to hold off the challenge of Kilmarnock to guarantee that before the William Hill Scottish Cup final. McInnes, whose side have a three-point lead over Kilmarnock, said: “It’s a game for our own purpose. It is very important for us. “We’ve only got three games left and we’ve clearly...

Derek Adams leaves Plymouth Argyle with one game of season remaining

The Pilgrims are currently on a run of eight games without a win. Derek Adams has left his role as manager of Plymouth by mutual consent with just one game to go in the season. Argyle have lost their last five Sky Bet League One games and are currently on a run of eight games without a win. Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Accrington saw them drop into the relegation zone and they face relegation rivals Scunthorpe on the final day of the season as they battle to stay in League One. Adams’ assistant Paul Wotton has also been relieved of his duties. A club statement read: “The club would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to Derek, not only for his hard work and dedication in his management of the team, but also for his wider input into the club during four challenging a...

Derek McInnes: ‘Graeme Shinnie could be out for season’

Derek McInnes bemoaned his worst season for injuries as Aberdeen boss as he announced another casualty ahead of the trip to Ibrox on Sunday. Skipper Graeme Shinnie is facing a fight to be back before the end of the season after picking up an ankle injury in last week’s 1-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. The midfielder joins Niall McGinn (ankle), Gary Mackay-Steven (calf), Greg Stewart (sciatica) and Tommie Hoban (knee) on the sidelines and although Shay Logan has returned to training following an ankle problem, the game against Rangers comes too soon. McInnes told REDTV: “First of all we got him (Shinnie) X-rayed and there was no concern there, he has been scanned and there is ligament damage and the feeling is he will be out for four to six weeks, ...

Derek McInnes hints at ambition to manage Scotland

The Aberdeen boss admits his sympathies go out to Alex McLeish following his dismissal as national team coach. Derek McInnes claims most coaches would love to lead their country but the Aberdeen boss refused to be drawn on his own aspirations in the wake of Alex McLeish’s sacking as Scotland manager. McInnes is among the bookmakers’ favourites to succeed McLeish after leading Aberdeen to four consecutive runners-up finishes in Scotland. When asked whether the national job was an attractive prospect, the 47-year-old said: “I think it depends on where you are in your career but managing your country would have to be up there with the majority of managers as some sort of ambition at some point. “But literally half an hour ago I found out about big Alex and I think it&#...

Result: Derek McInnes regrets reacting to sectarian chants

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes revealed his reaction to sectarian chants from Celtic supporters led to his dismissal by referee Craig Thomson in the 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat at Hampden Park. In the 72nd minute, with the Dons trailing from to goals from James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and substitute Tom Rogic, and with defender Dominic Ball, midfielder Lewis Ferguson and assistant manager Tony Docherty all sent off, McInnes incurred the ire of Thomson, via the fourth official Nick Walsh, and was sent to the stands. McInnes appeared to gesture to Celtic fans who were singing that he was “sad orange b*****d”. The Dons boss claimed Ball’s second yellow card for heading Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie in an aerial challenge was harsh, so too Docherty’s dismissal for something...

Derek McInnes: ‘Aberdeen must start fast against Celtic’

The Pittodrie boss knows the Parkhead outfit are under huge pressure to deliver an unprecedented third-straight domestic clean sweep. Derek McInnes will order Aberdeen to start fast and plant the seed of doubt in the minds of Celtic‘s treble treble chasers on Sunday. The Pittodrie boss knows the Parkhead outfit are under huge pressure to deliver an unprecedented third-straight domestic clean sweep as they gear up for the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final showdown. The squad – built by Brendan Rodgers and now managed by Neil Lennon – have become accustomed to lifting silverware over the previous two-and-a-half glory-filled years. But in the six showpiece clashes they have played at Hampden and Murrayfield during that period, the all-conquering Hoops have spent a grand total of two ...

Derek McInnes piles pressure on Neil Lennon to win Scottish Cup with Celtic

Derek McInnes has warned Neil Lennon his return to Celtic will be viewed as a failure if Aberdeen are allowed to wreck the Hoops’ latest treble dream. Brendan Rodgers won his seventh straight domestic trophy when he lifted the Betfred Cup earlier this season, while also leaving the champions on the verge of their latest Ladbrokes Premiership triumph before jumping ship to Leicester. It is now down to Lennon to keep the club on course for another domestic clean sweep when they take on the Dons in Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final. With Parkhead chiefs weighing up whether to make the Northern Irishman’s second stint as Celtic boss permanent, the outcome of the Hampden clash could be pivotal to his job prospects. Pittodrie boss McInnes says he has sympathy for Le...

Derek McInnes “delighted” with 20-goal Sam Cosgrove

Derek McInnes praised striker Sam Cosgrove for defying the doubters as he made it 20 goals for the season with a double in Aberdeen‘s 2-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win at Dundee. The 22-year-old opened the scoring with a 59th-minute penalty before wrapping up the points with his 20th strike of the season. The former Carlisle striker has come on leaps and bounds under McInnes, who was full of praise for his player. McInnes said: “I’m delighted for Sam to reach that milestone and prove his doubters wrong, although there are still some out there. “He has shouldered the responsibility so well for a young man and that speaks volumes for him. “Adam Rooney was the last striker (for the club) to get this amount of goals and it’s always good for an Aberdeen striker t...

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