Derek McInnes has confirmed that no January transfer business will occur at Aberdeen – and Marley Watkins won’t return from Bristol City either.

The Dons boss says the club are not in a position to strengthen the squad in January as they push for third place. Watkins, who made 13 appearances for the Dons in the first half of this term, will also stay at Bristol City as he continues his injury comeback.

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Watkins won’t be back from Bristol City. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

McInnes said: “Nobody will be signing in January. We run as we are. We have a squad that has got to third in the league and we want to try and improve on that in the second half of the season.

“If we can get a fair wind with injuries and try to get our best players available more often, then we are more confident of meeting our objectives of getting into Europe again and having a good second half of the campaign. There is not a manager who won’t want to make one or two adjustments to the squad.

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“We are not in a position where we are able to do that. We go as we are. Marley Watkins won’t be back from Bristol City. His injury will keep him out until the back end of February, beginning of March, he won’t be back in January. If somebody moved on it may change things. We don’t plan on selling anyone in January so we stay as we are.

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Things don’t change at Aberdeen. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Clubs have got to be responsible in this climate, we have got to be smart with what we are doing and make as many good decisions as they can. Every manager would like to make changes in a window, and I am no different. But I have also got to accept and recognises the situation the whole country is in.

“I believe in this squad and despite all of the difficulties we have had we are still sitting third in the league with a healthy points return.”

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