Aberdeen star Jonny Hayes has admitted he ‘can’t imagine’ what it is like to be in Stephen Glass’ shoes as Dons boss as be opened up on the difficulties the Pittodrie side have faced so far this season.

Glass’ Dons currently sit seventh in the league table after a woeful run of form earlier in the campaign, and Hayes hopes the hard work Aberdeen have been putting in will get rewarded later in the season.

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While Hayes admits the Dons haven’t luck on their side this season, the veteran is confident the quality in Glass’ squad will eventually shine through as injuries have taken their toll on the Pittodrie side.

“I wouldn’t even say refereeing decisions. Look at the injuries and reshuffling the manager has had to do,” Hayes said.


“And the Dundee United game, with all the incidents, seemed to sum it up. We went down to 10 men and all the niggles and injuries we’ve had. It doesn’t make you want to become a manager.

“I’m doing my coaching badges. They teach you how to deal with a player when he loses possession. But I can’t imagine what it’s like when you have four players and your whole defence injured at the same time.

“We haven’t had much luck this season. It’s a case of getting the head down and working hard and hopefully that will help us in the long run.

“We’ll come back because we have a good squad and it’s about showing those qualities.”

After beating Livingston in midweek, Hayes was full of praise of Dons teammate Ryan Hedges for his performance in the 2-0 win at Pittdorie.

The Welshman is currently in talks over extending his Aberdeen contract and the Dons star is, according to Hayes, ‘pivotal’ in how Glass sets his Dons side up as he provides an excellent link between midfield and attack.

“Ryan is brilliant and pivotal to the way we play,” Hayes added.

“He links defence and attack really well and gets into pockets of space. He’s a very good footballer and at times he, JET and Marley link up well.

“We need to try and get that together more consistently.

“Bates and Ross were also brilliant at the back and I don’t think Livingston had a chance all night.

“That gave us a good solid footing to go and build for the three points.”

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