Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass says time on the training pitch with his squad at the Scottish Premiership club will be of great benefit – as he assesses Newcastle United loanee Matty Longstaff’s debut.

The Pittodrie club drew 1-1 with Ross County at the weekend as Longstaff made his debut in midfield, just 48 hours after signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle United. Aberdeen haven’t had much training time due to involvement in the Europa Conference League, but now out of that competition, Glass is keen for more.

Aberdeen FC v Breidablik - UEFA Conference League: Third Qualifying Round Leg Two

European action has kept Aberdeen busy. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

He said: “We would have liked Matty to be a wee bit higher up the pitch, especially first half, but it was difficult for him coming into a game having only been here a short time – it tends to be easier for a forward in those circumstances.

“It’s a new group we have and they’re coming together and finding out about each other. Because of the schedule we’ve had, particularly with six European games, we’ve not really trained since the season started because we’ve played and then rested and recovered, travelled, played again.

“We can put that right now, the schedule will be Saturday to Saturday for a while ahead, and it’s important we take advantage of that schedule and get some good work done on the training pitch.”

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