Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has come to the defence of recent arrival Funso Ojo. Ojo was at the centre of a transfer battle between both Aberdeen and Hibs, after both teams had bids accepted by Scunthorpe.
However, after holding talks with both clubs, the player decided to move to Pittodrie.
“The good thing for us, it was not about money” McInnes said, as reported by the Evening Express.
“Based on a football decision”
“There has been an aspersion cast on him that the move was money oriented. We matched another offer and there was no more money to be had. It was based on a football decision” McInnes concluded.
McInnes deserves credit for managing to persuade the player to move to Aberdeen. Perhaps one of the reasons was the chance to play European football.
That will depend on the outcome of Aberdeen’s second leg Europa League tie against RoPS. The Dons lead 2-1 from the first leg, and Ojo is not eligible to play in the second leg.
However, should the Dons manage to reach the next stage of the competition, Ojo could make his Aberdeen debut then.
Aberdeen still appeals to players
Aberdeen are obviously still an attractive team to sign for. That was shown when they signed Craig Bryson earlier this summer.
Now they have beaten one of their Premiership rivals to a signing. The Dons seem to be building a decent team this season. Ojo is just the latest player that they will be hoping can help them mount a challenge to Celtic and Rangers this season.