Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes reckons that midfielder Dean Campbell is a player who has a bright future with the club.

The 19-year-old has been a first-team regular this season. In recent weeks, he has made the move from the bench to starting games. Indeed, he has started Aberdeen’s last three games. You would expect him in the starting line-up to face Celtic this weekend.

McInnes has disclosed that the player has earned his first-team opportunities by adding a balance to the midfield that perhaps wasn’t in his game before.

“A more rounded player”

“Dean is also becoming a more rounded player and that part of his game pleases me. He’s getting a run now. He gives us a balance in there” he said.

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Dean Campbell in action for Aberdeen (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He puts his foot on the ball. But he’s also getting his hands dirty and playing a bit more vertical now in getting up and down the pitch and getting against people” the Dons boss continued.

A key player this season

Campbell could well be a key player for the rest of the season for Aberdeen. If he can keep up the standards he has shown in recent weeks there is no reason why he can’t hold down a first-team place for the rest of the season.

Dean Campbell could be a key player for Aberdeen this season (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

McInnes seems confident that the player can make it as a first-team player at Pittodrie.

“He knows the areas he’s got to improve on, and he maybe didn’t know it at the start. Without putting too much pressure on him, if he can hold his own in a team like ours regularly, then he’s going to be okay” he concluded.

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