Sunderland boss Jack Ross has all but killed any chance of Aberdeen getting reported target Dylan McGeouch.
The Evening Express recently reported that Dons boss Derek McInnes wanted the ex-Hibs midfielder.
Ross’ recent comments suggest that this won’t be happening.
He told the Chronicle: “Dylan had a frustrating season last year in terms of coming to the club and wanting to be a success and play more regularly.
“I didn’t want to lose him, I feel he has still got something to offer here, but of course that has to work on both sides. Dylan had the option to extend his contract and it was entirely at his discretion, so I was pleased he wanted to stay and try to prove he can be a success here.
“You never how things are going to turn out but he certainly has the ability to be a success here, and we will do everything we can to get the best out of him.”
McGeouch would have been a great Aberdeen addition
Ex-St Mirren boss Ross is clearly keen on the midfielder. On his day McGeouch has all the attributes to become a top level midfielder.
That’s why he would have been a great addition to the Dons midfield. Craig Bryson would be the man to play in front of the defence, whilst Lewis Ferguson and McGeouch could have done the leg work in the engine room.
A combative midfielder, on his day McGeouch is just as comfortable winning the ball in the last line of defence as he is bursting forward from the engine room towards goal.
Add in the SPFL experience of 148 games for Celtic and Hibs, McGeouch would have been a fantastic addition for the Red Army.
It doesn’t look likely now though. McInnes must move on to new targets.