Derek McInnes has a massive summer ahead of him, one which could define his Aberdeen future. He faces a rebuilding job in the Granite City, with replacing his captain one of the main priorities.
There will be a new man wearing the captain’s armband for the Dons come the start of next season. For me, there are only three worthy candidates for this role.
I’ve taken a look at the three players worthy of being appointed as Aberdeen captain.
Plan A- Joe Lewis
Goalkeeper Lewis has to be McInnes’ first choice for the armband. He recently signed a five-year deal at Pittodrie and looks likely to see out his career with the Dons. He’ll be in red for a long time yet and provides a long-term solution for McInnes.
Not only that but he is a leader at the back. His commanding presence and excellent shot-stopping make him a respected player. He gives his teammates assurances and seems like a natural fit for captaincy.
Lewis is the most sensible and safe choice for the armband. McInnes couldn’t go far wrong with this choice.
Plan B- Andrew Considine
Mr Aberdeen himself, Dons fans know they will see everything Considine has to offer on a weekly basis. He pours his heart and soul into the club, often providing solid performances at the back.
He’s been at the club since 1999 and nobody knows the club as well as he does. Considine also recently signed a new deal at Pittodrie and would be another very good pick for McInnes on the captain front.
He’s second choice though as he’s 32 now. Lewis may only be a year younger, but goalkeepers tend to hit their prime in the early 30s. Considine will be 33 next season and will slowly start to get pushed out the starting XI in the coming years.
Still, the defender would be a great pick for the captaincy, even if it’s only in the short-term.
Plan C- Scott McKenna
He led the Dons out at Hampden against Celtic, but McKenna should be the third choice when it comes to Aberdeen’s captain vacancy. Whilst he has proved he can be a leader, doubts over his future remain.
The defender has been subject to big money bids and could leave Pittodrie this summer. If the Aberdeen hierarchy can hold out though and keep McKenna, he also wouldn’t be a bad shout for the captaincy.
He is a good defender and has proven he can lead from the back, although the Scottish Cup semi-final may not have been a great audition. The thing that makes him third choice is experience.
McKenna is still a bit rough around the edges. Both Considine and Lewis can offer much more experience than their young teammate can. They are senior members of the dressing room, so they should get the armband before McKenna does.
Despite that, if neither of them wanted it, McKenna would be a good young choice for the captaincy.