Aberdeen legend Barry Robson thinks Derek McInnes deserves credit for playing Academy players and admits that it has been a “brave” decision by the Dons boss.

Connor McLennan, Dean Campbell, Ethan Ross, Frank Ross and Bruce Anderson have all been involved with the first-team throughout the campaign – and told how the Dons boss is constantly asking about the youngsters.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 14: Derek McInnes the manager of Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Robson works with both the first-team and youth sides at Pittodrie and insists there’s always been a good talent coming through and they are now getting their reward.

“For me, it’s more Derek – he’s brave to put the young lads in,” Robson told the Press and Journal.

April 22nd 2017, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; S ottish Cup semi-final football, Hibernian versus Aberdeen; Derek McInnes and Barry Robson inspect the pitch before kickoff

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“There’s always been a good line of young players here. In the first few years, it was maybe about getting one or two more experienced boys in to get the club back where it should be.

“But now you can see Derek putting them in and he’s constantly asking about them.”

McInnes has a number of other young players in his squad such as Scott McKenna, Lewis Ferguson and Max Lowe as he puts his faith in youth.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 14: Derek McInnes the manager of Aberdeen the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With the Dons taking part in the Europa League again next season, it’ll be a great opportunity for the young players to build up experience of hostile environments totally different from those they sample in Scotland.

McInnes will be hoping that exposing his young stars to first-team football that they can help the Pittodrie side push up the table next season after this term’s fourth-place finish.

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