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But Dons manager Craig Brown warned both players those offers will be withdrawn if they haven’t been accepted over the next few days.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response very soon the contract offers will be withdrawn.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