Aberdeen legend Brian Irvine believes that bringing Ash Taylor back to Pittodrie is a “no brainer” with manager Derek McInnes looking to “tried and trusted players.”

The former Dons ace is reported to be in talks over a return to Pittodrie after his Northampton contract was ripped up last week.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 27: Stuart Armstrong of Celtic takes on Ash Taylor of Aberdeen during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Irvine admits that McInnes has to work with what is available to him as the Dons can’t match the spending power of the Old Firm.

“It’s a no-brainer that Aberdeen are trying to bring him back,” Irvine told the Press and Journal.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 27: Callum McGregor of Celtic challenges Ash Taylor of Aberdeen for the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“The Dons are not Celtic or Rangers. They have to work in the free agent and loan market more often than not and I can see why Derek, under those circumstances, is looking at tried and trusted players he knows.

“The appeal to any manager is knowing what they are getting and it’s only natural Derek is interested in a player who has done so well for him I applaud him looking at bringing Taylor back as he is a proven commodity from his last spell at the club.”

The 28-year-old made 126 appearances for the Dons in his first spell at the club and would be a solid addition as Derek McInnes rebuilds his squad.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JUNE 30: Ash Taylor of Aberdeen heads at goal during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, First Leg match between Aberdeen and CS Fola Esch at Pittodrie Stadium on June 30, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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McInnes faces a tough task this summer after his side finished fourth in the league and lost skipper Graeme Shinnie to Derby County on a Bosman.

If the Pittodrie gaffer can get players like Taylor in who know the expectations at Aberdeen, it would prove to be a shrewd bit of business.

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