Aberdeen may have just picked up one of the signings of the summer. They’ve confirmed that they have secured the services of Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson on a pre-contract.

A recognisable face in Scottish football, the Rams midfielder had spells at Clyde and Kilmarnock before heading south. He has since played over 250 games in white, taking in a loan spell at Cardiff City along the way.

Bryson is a Don.

Craig Bryson is a Don. (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Some Aberdeen fans have rightly reacted with joy to this superb bit of business.

Derek McInnes deserves credit for Bryson deal

Say what you want about the Aberdeen boss’ other summer signings, this is one out of the very top drawer.

Curtis Main, Ash Taylor and Ryan Hedges are all signings that have been called into question. Nobody can deny how good of a signing this is for the Dons.

He’s been brilliant for the Rams. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

McInnes deserves credit for this. There would have been interest in the midfielder, but McInnes has managed to convince him that Pittodrie is the place to be. In doing so, he’s found himself a potential replacement for Graeme Shinnie.

Bryson will bring leadership to the Dons dressing room. He should be able to fill the void that captain Shinnie has left, with or without the armband.

This is a terrific acquisition for the Pittodrie club. Rams fans will no doubt be sad to see their loyal midfielder leave, but their loss is Aberdeen’s gain. Bryson could be a big player for them this season.

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