Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has backed Connor McLennan to shine now that the focus is on the wide man following injuries to Niall McGinn and Gary Mackay-steven.
The experienced duo have been ruled out through injury, leaving McLennan as the only natural wide player in a side that typically features two wingers.
McInnes thinks however that the 19-year-old will cope fine with the added pressure when they face Kilmarnock this weekend.
“Throughout my time here I’ve always set-up with two wide players,” McInnes told the Press and Journal.
“It has been that way for the past six years. Niall and Gary are two key players for us and with Scott Wright on loan at Dundee, we’re left with one recognised wide player now in Connor McLennan so the onus will be on him now but he can handle it.”
The Dons are back in league action on Saturday following the defeat by Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden.
McInnes’ side face Kilmarnock with the Rugby Park side ahead of the Dons on goal difference in the chase for a Europa League spot.
McLennan has made 25 appearances for the Reds so far this season, scoring four times and contributing six assists, and will be absolutely vital to the Dons over the final five games of the season.