Ris­ing star at Pit­to­drie

Boss can trust Dean, 17

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMIE DURENT

Aberdeen man­ager Derek McInnes be­lieves Dons young­ster Dean Camp­bell has a bright fu­ture at Pit­to­drie.

Un­der-20s cap­tain Camp­bell played the fi­nal 25 min­utes in Aberdeen’s 1-0 win at Celtic Park on the fi­nal day of the sea­son and McInnes felt he could trust the 17-year-old at a key stage in the game.

Aberdeen needed to change their shape to com­bat Celtic push­ing for an equaliser and Camp­bell – the only cen­tral mid­fielder on the Dons bench – ac­quit­ted him­self well in the fi­nal knock­ings of the game.

It was in the same game 12 months ago that Camp­bell be­came the youngest player in the club’s his­tory when he made his de­but against the Hoops at the age of 16 years, one month and 23 days.

McInnes said: “I needed to bring on an­other mid­fielder. Celtic went 3-1-3-3 which made it more of a run­ning game. We needed to go to a di­a­mond and just went with one striker against the three, us­ing Gary Mackay-Steven as an out. I didn’t want to open the chan­nel up to James For­rest so Mackay-Steven had a job to do de­fen­sively.

“I needed a mid­fielder and Dean was the only one I had. He’s some­one I have high re­gard for and I think he’s go­ing to be a bril­liant Aberdeen player. “But when you play against Celtic, it’s a tech­ni­cal game and the grass is good, I’d take him any day to play that game.

“He’s as big an Aberdeen fan as any­one in that away end. He saw his dad and his un­cle at the end so it’s a spe­cial mo­ment for him. “We need that core of Aberdeen sup­port­ers in that dress­ing room to help us get more out of the play­ers.”

The pos­i­tive af­ter­noon for those in red was only soured some­what by the red card given to Shay Lo­gan af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle with Lo­gan sent off fol­low­ing a con­fronta­tion with Hoops de­fender Mikael Lustig.

Aberdeen’s ap­peal against the red card was dis­missed by the SFA yes­ter­day and the 30-year-old will now miss the open­ing three matches of the 201819 cam­paign.

Lo­gan was al­ready due to miss the open­ing game af­ter re­ceiv­ing his sixth book­ing of the sea­son against Rangers and will sit out an ad­di­tional two games fol­low­ing his red card at Celtic Park.

Hamil­ton, mean­while, are in a stand-off with Aberdeen over com­pen­sa­tion for mid­fielder Lewis Fer­gu­son.

The 18-year-old has signed a pre-con­tract agree­ment with the Dons but Ac­cies have re­jected Aberdeen’s open­ing of­fer of £100,000 for devel­op­ment costs.

Ac­cies are be­lieved to be hold­ing out for a fig­ure closer to £500,000 and the mat­ter may have to be re­solved be an in­de­pen­dent tri­bunal.

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