Derek McInnes has used all of his managerial know-how to help Graeme Shinnie and Scott McKenna recover from a tough international break with Scotland.

Shinnie in particular had it tough, turning in a poor performance in Scotland 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan. However, McInnes has tipped the duo to bounce back for Aberdeen.

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“Every experience is part of the learning curve for a young player” McInnes told the Evening Express.

He went on to praise McKenna for his performance in the 2-o win over San Marino.

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“There was probably more pressure and tension on that game for a young player than any other game he has played in. But he came through that with a clean sheet and a very strong performance.”

This is excellent man-management from the Aberdeen boss. He knows that both players will be key men for the Dons for the remainder of the season.

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That is why it makes sense to keep praising them even after some indifferent performances for Scotland.

It is a manager’s job to make sure that his players are playing with confidence, and that is what McInnes is doing here.

It would not be a shock to see both players turn in outstanding performances against Hearts on Saturday. If that is the case, credit must go to McInnes for his way of handling what could have been a crisis of confidence for the players.



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