Aberdeen might have to do some rebuilding in the summer. But some recent deals agreed by the club show that they plan to stay competitive in the Premiership.

Both Joe Lewis and Shay Logan signed new deals with the Pittodrie side in the last month. When you add that to the Lewis Ferguson and Andrew Considine deals signed already this year it means that a group of players who have been part of Aberdeen’s success in recent years will still be at the club next season.

Players leaving need to be replaced

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Of course, the likes of Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven – should he leave – will need to be replaced. Intriguingly, it looks like the Dons are working to bring in players already.

Reports claim that the Dons have beaten Hearts to the signing of Motherwell’s Curtis Main. That will be a good start to what needs to be a big summer of recruitment for Aberdeen.

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Will look to improve on fourth place

As Aberdeen finished fourth in the league this season, all at the club will see finishing above that next season as an improvement.

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Will they be able to challenge Celtic and Rangers? The finances of that duo make that unlikely. However, they could well overcome Kilmarnock and hold off Hearts and Hibs to become the third best team in the country.

At the moment, Derek McInnes is building a squad which makes them more than capable of doing that.

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