Considine praise for Aberdeen manager after rebuilding ‘ripped out’ squad

Andy Considine in action for Aberdeen

Defender Andy Considine has praised boss Derek McInnes for rebuilding the Dons after the “spine was ripped out” at the end of last season.

McInnes lost a host of key players last summer with Jonny Hayes transferring to Celtic in a £1.3 million move.

Fellow winger Niall McGinn rejected a new deal to move on after five years with Peter Pawlett (MK Dons) and Ash Taylor (Northampton) exiting after rejecting new contracts.

Jayden Stockley (Exeter) and Miles Storey (Partick) were also transferred.

McInnes rebuilt the squad and the Reds now sit on 52 points – exactly the same return from 26 games as last season.

Considine, who scored twice in the recent 3-0 defeat of Hamilton, said: “We’ve got a great squad.

“The manager has assembled really well since we lost a few faces.

“I can imagine it would have been tough for the manager after losing so many boys to get a good squad together.

“But he’s definitely done that.

“We lost guys who were literally the spine of the team. It got ripped out. The manager has recruited extremely well and the strength in depth we have is fantastic.”

In a busy summer window, money was outlaid for Stevie May (£400,000, Preston) and Gary Mackay-Steven (£150,000, Celtic).

Kari Arnason and Nicky Maynard were secured on permanent deals with Ryan Christie (Celtic), Greg Stewart (Birmingham) and Dominic Ball (Rotherham) also in on loan. In the January window, McInnes secured the return of McGinn on a long-term deal until summer 2021 following a frustrating spell in South Korea.

He also landed Michael Devlin from Hamilton and Carlisle United’s Sam Cosgrove.

Chidiebere Nwakali (Manchester City) and keeper Freddie Woodman (Newcastle) arrived on loan until the end of the season.

“Obviously Niall McGinn coming back helped,” said Considine.

“The win over Hamilton was great as the biggest thing for us was to get a reaction after the Rangers game.

“The manager made sure we went on a good run. It’s been a fantastic week.”

Defender Considine has been a near ever-present for the Dons this season with 29 appearances.

He is sixth in the club’s all-time appearances list and is now in his 15th season since his Aberdeen debut.

Considine said: “I have to thank the manager for the trust he’s put in me to play most weeks. “It’s been fantastic.

“He’s brought my game on leaps and bounds.

“I’m just happy to be pulling on a red shirt week in, week out and hopefully chipping in with goals.

“In past seasons I’ve managed six or seven so it was time I pulled my finger out and got on the scoresheet.”