McLean hopes McInnes will stick with Pit­to­drie side

Evening Times - - SPORT - By GRAEME McGARRY

ABERDEEN mid­fielder Kenny McLean has al­ready in­ti­mated that he will leave Aberdeen next sum­mer upon ex­piry of his con­tract, but he hopes that man­ager Derek McInnes hangs around in the mean­time.

McLean, like McInnes, has been linked with a move to Rangers, but he hopes that his boss will still be in the Pit­to­drie dugout come their next home fix­ture on Sat­ur­day.

“I hope he is here for the game against Mother­well,” said McLean.

“I think ev­ery­body in­volved in the club will be feel­ing the same. We can’t dic­tate what is go­ing to hap­pen there.

“There is loads of spec­u­la­tion, but I’m sure he will come in on Mon­day ready to go and fo­cused on pre­par­ing the team for Sat­ur­day.

“He has done a very good job, so it is no sur­prise other clubs are look­ing at him. It was the same in the sum­mer when there were Cham­pi­onship clubs want­ing him.

“It shows the job he has done here and hope­fully that con­tin­ues.”

If McLean does in­deed end up swap­ping the red jersey for the light blue of Rangers, he got a taste of what re­cep­tion may await him when he re­turns to the north-east as he lis­tened to Ryan Jack be­ing booed at Pit­to­drie on Thurs­day, de­spite turn­ing out for Scot­land.

But McLean has been en­cour­aged by the re­ac­tion from fans since news of his in­ten­tion to leave the club was made pub­lic, and he hopes to re­pay their sup­port by be­ing com­pletely com­mit­ted ev­ery time he walks onto the field to rep­re­sent Aberdeen.

“I think the fans will ap­pre­ci­ate the fact I’m giv­ing my all on the pitch,” he said.

“If I keep giv­ing ev­ery­thing for the club, they will ap­pre­ci­ate that.”

Kenny McLean in ac­tion for Scot­land against The

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