Aberdeen star Niall McGinn has given the Dons a Europa League boost by admitting that he hopes to be fit for the first qualifying round next month – but insists that he won’t rush things.

McGinn has been out of action since April but is ahead of schedule with his return and is confident he’ll be back “sooner rather than later.”

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - APRIL 03: Niall McGinn of Aberdeen celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie Stadium on April 3, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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The Dons first qualifier takes place on July 11th and having the Northern Irishman back would really help the Pittodrie sides chances.

“I’m looking forward to the European draw when it comes around as well so there’s another exciting season ahead,” McGinn told the Derry Journal.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - APRIL 03: Niall McGinn of Aberdeen puts his team into the lead during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie Stadium on April 3, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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“We’ve made a few new signings as well and I’m sure there will be a few more so I’m looking forward to when all the boys get back and I’ll be back sooner rather than later.

“I’m hoping I get back (for the first round qualifier) but it’s a long season ahead so I don’t want to rush things.”

After losing to Burnley in last year’s competition, McInnes side will be hoping for a more favourable draw this month in Nyon.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 24: Niall McGinn of Northern Ireland warms up prior to the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group C qualifying match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park on March 24, 2019 in Belfast, United Kingdom.

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Aberdeen enter at the same stage as Rangers and Kilmarnock and all three Scottish sides will be seeded in the first round.

Rangers and the Dons are also seeded for the second round, if they qualify, so there’s a good chance for Scottish sides to progress this season.

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