Boss Derek McInnes spoke to the media today before the game against Livingston. Here’s what he had to say.
On the Livi game
Aberdeen play Livi twice in four days. Two times tomorrow’s game has been called off, first for ice and then because the pitch was waterlogged.
Since those call-offs at the start and middle of the month Livi have remained unbeaten. In fact since David Martindale took over back at the end of November the Lions have not lost a game – ten won, two drawn – with a goal ratio of 25 scored and only 5 conceded.
“There could be a possibility that Sam could move on. If the money is right, then it will happen.”McInnes on Sam Cosgrove’s situation with the club
It’s an extraordinary success story in West Lothian which includes manager David Martindale passing his SFA fit and proper persons test last Tuesday for previous criminal convictions.
McInnes was delighted that Martindale has been shown to be the right person to hold the manager’s job and said, with the form the Lions are in, Aberdeen will be in for a tough battle.
But not all is lost with the Dons winning all of the last three encounters with Livi.
On the match McInnes said: “They are a team who don’t give you a minute, they come after you, they score late goals which is an indication of a good team spirit and good fitness. We know the type of game that we are going to face. It is a Livingston team that is winning more often than not at the minute.
“It was brilliant news for Davie that he got the green light to continue the job he has been doing. I think it has been weighing heavily on him and now that burden has been lifted, he can just concentrate on his job and he is doing a great one.”
Tommy Hoban and Dylan McGeouch are both set to be involved on Saturday. Hoban came through with no concussion after his collision with Ross McCrorie which saw the defender subbed out the game against St Johnstone.
McGeouch is finally back from a lengthy lay-off.
Michael Devlin is still out with a long-term injury and Curtis Main misses out after picking up an injury in the warm-up against St Johnstone.
It means Aberdeen will be with only three recognised strikers for the trip to the central belt, with Sam Cosgrove, Bruce Anderson and Connor McLennan available to lead the line.
“His approach in the last couple of games has been spot on. He is an Aberdeen player, we pay his wages, why should we weaken ourselves? It doesn’t make sense.”McInnes on Scott Wright
McLennan committed his future to the Dons signing a two year deal this week, but the situation with Sam Cosgrove is far more hazy.
The striker is believed to have been subject to a £2m bid by Birmingham City which the club are taking seriously.
On the speculation McInnes said: “There could be a possibility that Sam could move on. If the money is right, then it will happen. For us to pay £30,000 to Carlisle for him, and for a potential to bring in millions of pounds for him it has to be seen as a good deal.”
Ethan Ross has been recalled from his loan spell at Raith Rovers but apart from that nobody else has been added to the squad.
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Scott Wright situation
Finally the situation with Scott Wright continues to rumble on.
Wright has agreed to join rivals Rangers at the end of the season which has upset a contingent of Aberdeen supporters who would prefer Wright not be selected now he has committed to leaving the club.
McInnes responded saying Wright’s work rate and effort, and being one of the team’s best attackers, means he has no hesitation starting the forward tomorrow.
On Wright, McInnes said: “I will pick players who are focused and committed. No one can question Scott Wright’s performances. His approach in the last couple of games has been spot on. He is an Aberdeen player, we pay his wages, why should we weaken ourselves? It doesn’t make sense.”
Livingston vs Aberdeen, Tony Macaroni Arena, SPL, Saturday 30th, kick-off 3pm.