Aberdeen midfielder Dean Campbell has admitted that it was a dream come true to make his first European start in the 2-1 win against RoPS Rovaniemi.
Campbell impressed as Derek McInnes’ side book their spot in the second qualifying round with a 4-2 aggregate win.
Despite his first start, Campbell insists that he needs to prove he deserves a regular place in the side but admits he appreciates the “trust” McInnes has put in him.
“It is a dream come true to play in a European competition and to play my part in a win in my first start which takes us through to the next round is fantastic,” Campbell told the Evening Express.
“I really appreciate the gaffer’s trust in me by putting me into a game like that.
“It’s down to me after that to prove why he shows the faith in me and as long as he keeps doing that I have to keep working hard and do as best as I can when I get the opportunity.”
Campbell came into the side thanks to Craig Bryson’s injury and the teenage will have a big role to play as the Dons look to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish.
The Pittodrie side will face a lengthy trip for next week’s second qualifying round tie at Chikhura Sachkhere of Georgia and Campbell will be hoping to keep his place in the side.
The signing of midfielder Funso Ojo will add further competition in the squad and if Campbell can keep his place in the Aberdeen side then it’s a real show of faith in him.