Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was full of praise for big striker Sam Cosgrove after he scored his first goal for the Reds against West Bromwich Albion.
Cosgrove, 21, headed the opener against the English Championship team as the Dons earned a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie
The game was McInnes’ side’s final warm-up before they welcome Burnley for their Europa League second qualifying round first leg on Thursday.
One night after four-and-a-half year talisman Adam Rooney left for non-league Salford City, Cosgrove showed he could become Aberdeen’s next goal hero.
McInnes, who has previously said his January signing from Carlisle United was a player for the coming season, said: “Sam scored a great header.
“He played very well in the games at the end of last season.
“His job primarily is to score goals, he has size, strength and can occupy defenders.
“It will do him no harm scoring that goal, he will take confidence from that.
“Scoring goals counts for strikers.”
Cosgrove jumped above West Brom centre-backs Martin Cranie and Kyle Bartley on 37 minutes to nod Gary Mackay-Steven’s left-wing cross past keeper Jonathan Bond.
The Dons were impressive against Darren Moore’s relegated Premier League men, more than holding their own.
Jake Livermore’s equaliser came after Joe Lewis dived to stop a Kyle Edwards shot.
McInnes thought the match was good preparation for the Battle of Britain with Sean Dyche’s Burnley in five days’ time.
He said: “I think the game served its purpose and we are on to the real stuff now.
“The level of opponent was picked with next week in mind.
“We didn’t get it all our own way, you could see how good a team they are.
“They tested our concentration and I thought we got that spot on.
“We were a bit tepid early on because I wanted us to be more aggressive, but we grew into the game.
“Second half West Brom had a lot of possession, but we finished the game strongly.
“I thought we had the better chances later in the game, but the result wasn’t the most important thing.
“We will go into the game next week with a bit of confidence.”
The gaffer reassured the Red Army winger Scott Wright is injury-free after taking a knock and being substituted for Bruce Anderson late on against West Brom.
He was also pleased to give midfield new boys Stephen Gleeson and starter Chris Forrester some more game time, with fit-again centre-back Mikey Devlin also playing, saying: “Scott Wright will be fine, he took a kick so we decided to take him off.
“We were thinking about that change anyway.
“It was good to get Stephen Gleeson and Chris Forrester on the pitch too.
“Niall McGinn (thigh)and Andy Considine (concussion) should be back with us next week.”
The Dons are still trying to bring in another striker and right-sided defender before the first Burnley game – with two wildcards eligible to play if they put pen to paper by 11pm on Wednesday.
McInnes said:“Hopefully we will be able to bring someone in before then as well but even if we don’t the squad should be a bit healthier.
“I know the areas we need to bring players in for.”
However, he denied Aberdeen are pursuing ex-Tottenham Hotspur starlet Alexander McQueen, 23, after reports linked the defender to the Pittodrie club.
The Reds have also been linked to ex-Motherwell forward Louis Moult, currently at Preston North End.