Derek McInnes has admitted that he faces one of the biggest challenges of his time at Aberdeen with the rebuild the team faces in the summer.

McInnes made the revelation following the departure of captain Graeme Shinnie, who this week joined Derby County on a three-year deal.

“It’s difficult to replace like for like” he said, as reported by STV.

“More of a challenge”

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“It’s inevitable that when you lose a lot of key players, the culmination of that makes this one more of a challenge but it’s a challenge we need to meet head on.”


Aberdeen fans will at least be contented that McInnes believes that the Dons will at least attempt to replace the players who have left.

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A concern for the club

But it is undeniably a concern for the Dons that they need to keep replacing key men every season. Last season it was Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie.

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It is perhaps telling that McInnes feels that replacing players will be ‘difficult’. The Dons struggled this season after McLean and Christie left. They have yet to secure third place in the Premiership table.

The same could happen next season, as Shinnie will be extremely difficult to replace.

It is up to McInnes and the Aberdeen board to find the replacements needed to get the Dons back up the league table.


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