Aberdeen survived a scare against Dundee, but one major positive in the shape of Craig Bryson emerged from the game.

The midfielder has featured just once since arriving from Derby County in the summer. He played for 61 minutes against the Dark Blues before he was hooked.

He got some vital minutes on Sunday. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It’s a major boost for Derek McInnes in a time where his side are a bit low on confidence.

Aberdeen have a big game player in Bryson

McInnes has missed having an experienced player in the middle, who also has some leadership qualities.

Bryson has seemingly been brought in to replace the experienced gap that Graeme Shinnie has left, following his switch to the Rams.

Shinnie left Pittodrie this summer. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

In the absence of both Bryson and Shinnie, the likes of Funso Ojo and Lewis Ferguson have looked a bit lost at times, and that’s especially been the case in the last two or three matches.

Bryson’s experience will be key. The 32-year-old has played at a high level down south for several years. Aberdeen don’t really have a technical player of his caliber anywhere else within the team.

His Dundee performance didn’t set the world alight, but at least he played. Bryson still looked rusty and the midfielder will take three or four matches to get up to full speed.

Bryson was one positive to take from the scrappy League Cup clash at Dens Park. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

He’ll look to build on his first domestic appearance with the Dons now. Next week he’ll be targeting another start when Aberdeen make the trip to Kilmarnock.

Bryson making a return to the Aberdeen side is a nice boost for McInnes.

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