Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has a big defensive decision to make ahead of the Dons’ crucial European clash.
They’ll take on Rijeka at Pittodrie in the Europa League third round qualifier second leg. Currently trailing 2-0 from the first leg away from home, McInnes will know it’s an uphill task for his side.
A big decision waits for him though. Does he bring his trusted right-back Shay Logan back into his side?
Aberdeen full-back Logan will likely start for McInnes due to experience
After a shaky outing against Rijeka in Croatia, McInnes dropped Logan for the 1-0 defeat to St Mirren. In his place stepped new recruit Zak Vyner.
Logan hasn’t had any serious competition at right-back for a while now. With Vyner at the club for at least this season, the Dons regular might not be guaranteed a start anymore.
Vyner looked decent enough against St Mirren. He was assured defensively and tried to get forward where he could. Sure there were a couple of moments where he looked rusty, but overall it was decent.
Was it enough to persuade McInnes to start him against Rijeka? If there was ever going to be a time for that to happen it would have to be now, following Logan’s poor performance over in Croatia.
He gave away a needless penalty which allowed Rijeka to score the opening goal of the tie. He was penned back all night too. Overall he wasn’t great in the first leg.
McInnes will probably pick Logan on experience alone though. He’s been great for Aberdeen since 2014 and has had more good games than bad.
Perhaps he has became a little complacent over the last two seasons. He’s been ok for the Dons, but hasn’t quite hit the levels he reached during the early stages of his Aberdeen career.
Now he has competition, which is good. Vyner looks like a capable option at right-back, so Logan will have to be on his toes.
It gives McInnes a nice selection headache, but it would be a slight shock if he didn’t go with Logan.