Brown warns duo Young still ea­ger to play un­til very end Ca­ley teen on tar­get Paton to prove he’s worth his place

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SPORTS - By Char­lie Al­lan

DONS striker Michael Paton to­day called for the chance to shoot down In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle. Aberdeen face the Jags at Pit­to­drie (3pm) with­out CHRIS Maguire and Sone Aluko were to­day told it’s make your mind up time as far as staying with the Dons is con­cerned.

Both have been of­fered new deals by Aberdeen.

But Dons man­ager Craig Brown warned both play­ers those of­fers will be with­drawn if they haven’t been ac­cepted over the next few days.

The Aberdeen boss said: “They were told we wanted to know what was hap­pen­ing by the end of the month and that’s to­day.

“I’m will­ing to be a lit­tle flex­i­ble with the dead­line be­cause we have a game this af­ter­noon.

“But if they don’t give us a DEREK Young was to­day praised for the way he has re­acted to the news he is be­ing dumped by the Dons.

The 30-year-old mid­fielder, pic­tured, has in­sisted on play­ing in to­day’s SPL clash with In­ver­ness Ca­ley This­tle at Pit­to­drie ( 3pm) de­spite be­ing told his con­tract won’t be re­newed.

Dons boss Craig Brown said: “I told Derek we re­ally need him to­day be­cause we have been so badly hit by in­juries.

“He said he would con­tinue to do his very best as long as we need him to.

“Derek’s attitude has been ex­em­plary and I’m sure he will get fixed up with an­other club very quickly.”

Andrew Con­si­dine faces a late fit­ness test. Joe Shaugh­nessy is also in­jured, so Nikola Vu­jadi­novic may come in at cen­tre-back. IN­VER­NESS Ca­ley This­tle boss Terry Butcher was to­day set to let loan star Aaron Do­ran loose against Aberdeen.

Black­burn Rovers teen winger Do­ran has scored three goals in the last two games.

Butcher said: “Aaron scored a great goal in our last game and hope­fully he can do the same again against Aberdeen to­day.

“We want three points as we aim to fin­ish sev­enth in the league this sea­son.” Scott Ver­non. The Dons’ top goalscorer has been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter a her­nia op­er­a­tion. And Paton, pic­tured left, in­sisted he can fill the void left by Ver­non’s ab­sence. He said: “I want to prove that I can get back to the stan­dard I was pre­vi­ously play­ing at. “Un­for­tu­nately I have not played a lot this sea­son. “Hope­fully I can go out and prove a point against Ca­ley.”

re­sponse very soon the con­tract of­fers will be with­drawn.

“If they de­cide they want to stay, it could be they would have a dif­fer­ent of­fer to con­sider.”

Hopes of a quick an­swer from Maguire were hin­dered by the fact the striker has switched agents, from Wil­lie McKay to David Bald­win, who also rep­re­sents Celtic’s Joe Led­ley. Brown said: “Chris needed time to sort that but has as­sured me his agent will call me be­fore the week­end is out with a re­sponse.

“We are look­ing for an an­swer from Aluko as well.

“We need to know where we stand, so that we can start plan­ning ahead.

“I had a bad ex­pe­ri­ence with Giles Coke at Mother­well last sum­mer.

“We waited a long time for Giles to say if he was staying but he signed for Sh­effield Wed­nes­day at the last minute.

“I vowed then that I would never be kept hang­ing on by a player and his agent again.

“That may seem a bit harsh, but I have to look af­ter Aberdeen’s fu­ture as well.

“If we need to take in re­place­ments for Chris and Sone, it could take a bit of time.”

Aberdeen would be due around £600,000 in com­pen­sa­tion – £400,000 for Maguire and £200,000 for Aluko – if the pair choose to leave Pit­to­drie.

Brown be­lieves that could make it dif­fi­cult for them to se­cure moves to other clubs in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial cli­mate.

“If they were free agents in the sum­mer, I’m sure they would have their pick of clubs,” said Brown.

“But their agents would have to per­suade clubs to pay Aberdeen be­fore they even get around to dis­cussing per­sonal terms.

“A lot of clubs now pre­fer to get guys who don’t cost fees.”

Aberdeen have of­fered Maguire a three-year con­tract.

That’s be­cause the reg­is­tra­tion rules would al­low him to walk away for noth­ing next sum­mer if he only signs a 12-month deal.

Brown said: “The club has put a lot of time and money into de­vel­op­ing Chris. It’s only fair to want a re­turn for that in­vest­ment if Chris ever chooses to leave.”

WAIT­ING GAME: Sone Aluko and Chris Maguire, right, have yet to agree new Dons deals.


WATCH­ING BRIEF: Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Adrian Wat­son out­side Pit­to­drie Sta­dium.

FLARE-UPS: A po­lice­man tack­les El Hadji Diouf at Celtic Park. Be­low, riot po­lice at Pit­to­drie in 2002. Bot­tom, the new Aberdeen sta­dium pro­posed for Loirston Loch.

AGENT: David Bald­win.

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