Evening Express

McDougall’s hoping Bruce can strike lucky for Aberdeen

Bruce Anderson wheels away after he scores his late equaliser against Rangers.

Dons great Frank McDougall reckons youngster Bruce Anderson can step up and establish himself in Derek McInnes’s first team.

The 19-year-old came off the bench on Sunday against Rangers and netted a stoppage-time leveller on his senior debut to salvage a point for the Reds at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen striking great McDougall hopes that can pave the way for Anderson to go on and become a regular in the first team in the seasons to come.

He said: “Bruce scored a fantastic goal, the first touch was great and then the finish was brilliant.

“It was a goal any striker would have been proud of, a magnificent touch and a fantastic finish.

“I hope Bruce can go on to establish himself in the first team over the next couple of seasons.

“He’s shown that he’s got talent and he’s only 19 so he will keep developing.

“I hope he can progress quickly; I know you can’t rush it but it would be good if he can progress.

“The main concern for strikers is scoring goals and Bruce can do it.

“I hope they keep playing him because he’s worth his chances.

“It’s happened in the past. Sir Alex Ferguson took chances with the Class of ’92 at Manchester United and he took chances playing young kids at Aberdeen.

“He gave Eric Black, John Hewitt and others their chance and they came through.

“It would be good to see another striker like Bruce come through because if you’re good enough, you’re old enough, in my opinion.”

Former Dons player Frank McDougall.

Dons gaffer McInnes is still hoping to sign another striker before the transfer window closes at the end of the month – and ideally he would like another frontman in before Saturday’s game with Dundee.

With Adam Rooney leaving the Granite City for Salford City earlier in the summer, Aberdeen have two senior strikers in Stevie May and Sam Cosgrove.

May, a £400,000 signing from Preston North End a year ago, struggled in his first campaign – particularly after an injury sustained in December against Rangers after a bad tackle from Ryan Jack, while Cosgrove – who joined in January from Carlisle – is only 20 and has yet to score in a competitive game for the Dons.

McDougall joined Aberdeen in 1984 from St Mirren and helped the Reds win the Premier Division title in 1985 and the League Cup and Scottish Cup the following season.

After his goal-laden time at Pittodrie, he was forced to retire in 1987, aged 29, due to injury.

McDougall believes McInnes is right to try to add another striker and believes the goals of Rooney need to be replaced.

He also reckons it’s important Aberdeen bide their time and wait for the right attacker to become available.

McDougall added: “I think they need another striker added to their squad. Derek McInnes knows that and is working on it; they lost Adam Rooney to Salford and his goals need replaced.

“They need more firepower up front than what they have at the moment.

“I just don’t see enough goals in the senior strikers. I’d love to see it but I feel they need a little bit more.

“There have been encouraging signs for the season – they did well against Burnley in the Europa League and Lewis Ferguson looks a good player – but I would like to see another striker signed.

“You can get strikers but Aberdeen don’t want to take in anybody, they need somebody with a bit of class because they want to keep moving forward.

“Derek’s resources are limited so he’s right to wait for the right striker because he wants to make the right decision.”