Boss Derek McInnes today warned Shay Logan’s social media controversy is a lesson to all Dons players to be careful what they say.
Footage of right-back Logan taunting Rangers in the aftermath of the 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final win over the Ibrox club was posted online.
The smartphone footage shows Logan’s expletive teasing of his Rangers-supporting friend.
Aberdeen launched an investigation into the incident and McInnes was today to talk with Logan who started in the 3-0 defeat of Hamilton.
However, the Dons gaffer insists Logan is guilty only of being too trustworthy and should choose his friends more carefully.
McInnes said: “My take on it is that his pal has let him down, to be honest.
“It was a private conversation with the two of them having a bit of a laugh.
“It reinforces the message to my players that you have got to be so aware of what you say, when you say it and who you say it to. Shay has not put anything out there.
“It was a private conversation with him and his pal and his pal somehow allowed that to get out there, which is a warning for all players.
“It should remain private and if you’re in company with other people, friends or not, you should be aware of that.
“He thought he was having a private conversation, a laugh with his mate.
“For me Shay needs to think twice about who he is hanging about with and trusting too many people when a private conversation is recorded like that.
“He is not guilty of actually putting anything out there.
“He is guilty of being too trustworthy in his company and it is his mate that has let him down rather than Shay letting anyone down.
“We have done our own investigation into it.
“We had the game to deal with and the club have spoken to Shay about his version of events.
“I will speak with Shay.”
The footage of Logan emerged in the build-up to the comprehensive defeat of Hamilton where Graeme Shinnie, James Wilson and Mikey Devlin got on the scoresheet.
McInnes was delighted to maintain the positive momentum from the Betfred semi-final win.
He said: “The game against Hamilton could potentially have been trickier than what it was.
“Especially after the weekend where there was a lot of physical exertion from my players.
“It was a case of getting them up and going again.
“Hamilton came up here on the back of a good result at Kilmarnock.
“They set up 5-4-1 as we maybe expected and the onus was on us to try to break that down.
“Hamilton set up to counter attack and they did it two or three times pretty well in that first half when we were guilty of giving away loose possession.
“There were moments of sloppiness but there were also moments of quality.
“When teams sit like that against you it becomes a mixture of having the tempo to play around about them and finding that quality ball.
“It is also about trying to get that patience and get that balance right which was sometimes difficult in the first half.
“We had a well worked goal from Shinnie from the set-play which was a great strike.”
On-loan Manchester United striker Wilson netted a superb 25-yard strike with defender Devlin also scoring from 30 yards.
McInnes said: “The goal from James Wilson is probably as good as we have seen already this season anywhere. It was great that Mikey got on the scoresheet as well.
“He caught it really sweetly and it opened up for him.
“Credit to Hamilton as ever because they never give it up.
“Hamilton always believe and keep going.
“They kept us on our toes.
“It was great to get the third goal and the clean sheet.
“On the back of Sunday it is good to follow that up with another win.”
The victory was only the Dons’ fourth in 10 league games and McInnes’ side sit eighth in the Premiership table.
They are 11 points behind league leaders Hearts.
He said: “We know the importance of getting the league campaign going.”