Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has explained why the club decided to recall striker Bruce Anderson from a loan spell at Ayr United.

The 22-year-old was meant to be on loan for the entire season. However, earlier this week the Dons made the decision to bring the player back to the club. Now the Aberdeen manager has revealed why the club made that move.

“Wasn’t starting games”

“Bruce’s loan at Ayr didn’t go perfectly. He wasn’t starting games as much as he would have liked, and we all expected a bit more from that loan” (official Aberdeen website).

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Bruce Anderson in action for Ayr United (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Despite the lack of game time, McInnes feels that the move to Ayr still had its plus points for Anderson.

“Just because it hasn’t worked at Ayr, doesn’t mean he hasn’t learnt from that. He gets some valuable experience, and he gets some game time” McInnes said.

McInnes now hopes that the player can make an impact at Aberdeen going forward for the rest of the season.

“Be a key player for us”

“The challenge for him is to concentrate on Aberdeen and to use his experience from Ayr and be a key player for us in the second half of the season” he said.

Bruce Anderson has returned to Aberdeen (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Anderson features for Aberdeen against Rangers on Sunday. The Dons have struggled to score goals in recent weeks. Perhaps Anderson could be a surprise starter on the day?

Maybe it is more likely that he starts the game on the bench. However, a goal in the game could vindicate McInnes’ decision to bring the player back to Aberdeen.

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