Derek McInnes has backed Aberdeen pair Lewis Ferguson and Dean Campbell to stand up and be counted in the wake of an injury crisis.
The Dons manager has confirmed that Funso Ojo and Craig Bryson will be missing for a period of time, missing three months and four weeks of action respectively.
It leaves the midfield department short on numbers, with Stephen Gleeson still not fully fit either and Jon Gallagher taking a knock against St Johnstone.
McInnes insists that the young midfielders can step up and fill the void left by their injured teammates.
He told the Press and Journal: ““We’ve got Lewis and Dean who can go in there and if it comes to that I’ve no concerns. They played together in the Europa League against Rovaniemi and they have composure and calmness.”
A big chance for Aberdeen starlet Campbell
Ferguson is no stranger to the Dons first-team. Despite only being 20 by less than a month, the ex-Hamilton man has made 55 appearances under McInnes.
He’ll be expected to shoulder some more responsibility, but now it’s a big opportunity for his teammate Campbell.
After making his debut against Celtic as a 16-year-old, he has drifted in and out of this Aberdeen side. He appeared five times in Europa League qualifying this term, but has yet to feature in the Premiership.
With Bryson out for at least four weeks, this is the 18-year-old’s big chance. If he can prove himself as a reliable regular, the midfielder may just win a permanent place in the starting XI.
For the next few weeks at least, it looks like Campbell and Ferguson will be Aberdeen’s main midfield duo.