Derek McInnes has revived football in the North East. McInnes and Tony Docherty have taken Aberdeen from an average team underperforming, to a team competing on all fronts domestically. He has managed numerous amounts of players during his stay, but where are his first starting 11 now?
GK – Jamie Langfield
A long time servant at the Dons, Langfield left at the end of the 2014/15 season after losing his starting spot to in-form Scott Brown (The real one). Langfield left after his testimonial to join Saint Mirren where he remains a player/coach. Langfield or Clangers as he was known will always be respected by Aberdeen fans after his time at the club.
RB – Joe Shaughnessy
His time at Aberdeen just wasn’t to be. A player with a lot of promise Shaughnessy judging by his Physique a Centre Back was most of the time player at Right Back and looking back now seems like a waste of a player. Thriving at Saint Johnstone playing a central role Shaughnessy is yet another player who has shined after their time in the North-East.
CB – Russell Anderson
Aberdeen legend the skipper retired at the end of the 2015/16 season only managing to play one game. Suffering from an injury Anderson missed most the season. The skipper will be regarded by most as a Dons legend and continues to work in a corporate role at Pittodrie.
CB – Mark Reynolds
A solid performer throughout his time at Pittodrie, Reynolds continues to play an integral role in the Dons defence. Taking over as skipper for most the 2015/16 season (during Russell Andersons long injury) Reynolds has played a big role at Pittodrie rarely missing a game. Sometimes underrated, the no nonsense defender has managed to keep his place in the side.
LB – Clark Robertson
Another player never given a chance at Pittodrie, (mainly due to injury) Robertson left Aberdeen at the end of the 2014/15 season. He joined Blackpool where he was relegated during the 2015/16 season. He remained at the Seasiders and was promoted back to League 1 via the playoffs 2016/17.
CM – Ryan Jack
Having a successful spell at Aberdeen, Jack was named captain after Russell Anderson’s retirement. Jack was linked to Everton and Napoli during his time with Aberdeen but remained in the North-East until his contract expired. The man from the North-East joined his boyhood club Rangers on a free at the end of the 2016/17 season. The former Aberdeen skipper caused controversy in his move failing to announce his signing or thank the fans. Jack has featured in a lacklustre European campaign, falling at the first hurdle to FC Progrès Niederkorn.
CM – Gavin Rae
Returning to Dundee after his 18 month spell at Aberdeen, Rae now resides in Australia playing his football with Hakoah Sydney City East FC. “I used to sit in the Merkland Road Stand with my dad and watch the games when I was young” Rae said during a 2012 interview with The Herald.
CM – Rob Milsom
Another player who left at the beginning of the McInnes era, Milsom moved onto Rotherham. He was part of the squad which gained promotion through the play-offs in 2014. He went out on loan to bury in 2014 before making a move to Notts County where he continues to play his football.
RM – Jonny Hayes
Arguably Aberdeen’s best player this decade Hayes stepped up his game under McInnes. His ability to beat a man was unrivalled and saw him nominated for two PFA Player of the Season awards. Hayes joined Celtic during the summer of 2016/17 to the dismay of the Aberdeen faithful.
LM – Niall McGinn
The Irishmen became a key player during Aberdeen’s success under McInnes. His ability on the wing and constant supply of goals saw him retain his place as a fan favourite at Pittodrie. McGinn left Aberdeen at the end of the 2016/17 season as his contract expired. McGinn has gone onto sign for Korean side Gwangju becoming the first Irishman to play in the K-League
ST – Josh Magennis
The striker left Aberdeen at the of the 2013/14 season to join Kilmarnock after a loan at Saint Mirren. After a successful Euro 2016 Magennis completed a transfer to Charlton on a two year deal.