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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 ...

Aberdeen sign Max Lowe on year-long loan

The left-back has moved from Dutch club NAC Breda. Derek McInnes has found a replacement for Max Lowe after securing NAC Breda defender Greg Leigh on a year-long loan. Derby defender Lowe was a major hit for the Dons last season but has returned to the Rams, forcing Pittodrie boss McInnes to look elsewhere to fill his left-back slot. He hopes he has now found the solution in the shape of former Manchester City trainee Leigh after striking a deal that could be made permanent in 12 months’ time. McInnes told the Aberdeen website: “We’ve been aware of Greg for a while and in January when it looked as though Max was staying at Derby, he was someone we were quite far down the road with. “He’s versatile, gives us a bit of athleticism, has decent experience for someo...

Gary Mackay-Steven confirms New York City move

Gary Mackay-Steven has joined MLS outfit New York City FC after turning down the opportunity to remain at Aberdeen. Dons boss Derek McInnes had been desperate to keep hold of the out-of-contract former Dundee United and Celtic winger. But the 28-year-old has decided to make his move to America after being lured by the prospect of playing at City’s base at Yankee Stadium. Mackay-Steven, who will join up with his new side once he secures a US work visa, told the New York City club website: “I’m delighted to finally sign on the dotted line. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running and make my debut in the blue shirt. I can’t wait to show what I can do to the fans in Yankee Stadium. “The lure of playing in America and in MLS is really attractive to me. ...

Barnsley midfielder Ryan Hedges agrees Aberdeen move

Wales international Hedges, 23, was out of contract with newly-promoted Barnsley, who had offered him a new deal. Barnsley midfielder Ryan Hedges has agreed to join Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen. Wales international Hedges, 23, was out of contract with newly-promoted Barnsley, who had offered him a new deal. “Barnsley Football Club can confirm that Ryan Hedges has decided against signing a new contract with the club and has decided to sign for Scottish Premier League [sic] side Aberdeen FC,” read a statement on Barnsley’s official website. Aberdeen confirmed on their official website that Hedges had agreed a pre-contract and would officially join the club on a three-year deal on July 1. Hedges, who becomes Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes‘ first summer signing, said...

McInnes congratulates Killie on winning European race

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes admits he is proud of his players’ efforts despite missing out on an automatic Europa League place. After watching the Dons come from behind to beat Hibernian in Sunday’s final Premiership match of the season, McInnes congratulated Kilmarnock on finishing third on goal difference ahead of his team. And he concedes he will now be hoping for a Celtic victory over Hearts in next weekend’s Scottish Cup final so that his side can earn the final European spot. McInnes said: “We’ve beaten a good team, picked up three points and done what we wanted to do but ultimately it’s not been enough. “I thought nine (post-split) points might have been enough potentially, 10 certainly. “Kilmarnock have managed to beat Rangers and ...

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...

McInnes prefers Aberdeen stay over Scotland job

Derek McInnes has cleared the path for Steve Clarke to land the Scotland job after insisting he is only focused on rebuilding his Aberdeen squad. The Dons boss and his Kilmarnock rival Clarke are understood to be the Scottish Football Association’s top two choices to replace Alex McLeish as national team manager, with Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill also a contender. But McInnes has backed Pittodrie chairman Stewart Milne’s claim that his focus, for now, remains on the cut and thrust of club management. The 47-year-old said: “What I’ve said to the chairman is that I see myself as a club manager for this moment in time, that has not changed. “I think when you get asked about these things publicly it can come across a bit arrogant. I’ve not been asked...

SFA to name new Scotland manager on Monday

Hampden chiefs will wait no longer than Monday to identify Alex McLeish’s replacement. The Scottish Football Association will step up their hunt for the next Scotland boss over the weekend and could yet turn to Derek McInnes. Hampden chiefs have decided they cannot afford to wait any longer than Monday to identify the man they want to be 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. It appeared Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke had moved into pole position to land the role after Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack claimed Reds manager McInnes had told his current employers he ...

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...

Celtic and Rangers fined by SFA following Old Firm confrontation

Players, staff and stewards all tussled after Celtic beat Rangers 2-1 at Parkhead at the end of March. Celtic and Rangers have both been fined £7,500 over the on-field confrontation which followed their latest meeting. The clubs received the same punishment at a Scottish Football Association disciplinary hearing after being accused of breaching rule 204 – where three or more players and/or members of team staff are involved in a confrontation with the opposition. Players and staff from both sides, as well as stewards, were involved in pushing and jostling after Rangers left-back Andy Halliday confronted Celtic skipper Scott Brown over his celebrations immediately after the final whistle sounded on a 2-1 win for the Ladbrokes Premiership champions at Parkhead on March 31. Wes Foderingham gr...

Lewis Ferguson apologises for Rangers dismissal

Aberdeen ace Lewis Ferguson has thanked boss Derek McInnes and his dad Derek for the soothing words which helped him recover from his Hampden red card. The Dons midfielder has capped an impressive first year at Pittodrie by being nominated for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award. The 19-year-old made his move north from Hamilton last summer and quickly proved himself a key man in McInnes’ team with his mature displays in the heart of the action. Ferguson pointed to his goal against English side Burnley in the Europa League and his winning header in the Dons’ Betfred Cup semi-final win over Rangers as his personal highlights of his first season in the Granite City. But the National Stadium was also the scene of his lowest point in an Aberdeen shirt after he was sent ...

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