McInnes’ praise for teenage match-winner Ferguson

Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson  is congratulated on his goal by Adam Rooney.
Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson is congratulated on his goal by Adam Rooney.

Dons boss Derek McInnes hailed new signing Lewis Ferguson after he netted the winner in their pre-season friendly against Falkirk.

The 18-year-old midfielder came off the bench to score the late goal against the Bairns.

Ferguson was signed by Aberdeen on a pre-contract agreement from Hamilton.

The Accies are entitled to compensation for the player who came through their youth set-up.

A tribunal will decide the figure after the Dons’ offer of more than £100,000 was rejected by Hamilton.

McInnes was delighted with Ferguson’s display and said: “I was really pleased with his performance in Ireland last week and he was really bright when he came on and got in where you want attacking midfielders to be to score.

“He was brave as well when he gets his goal and hopefully it was the first of many he gets for us.

“When you are 18 years of age you just want to get going with your football and be in a rush to do well.

“I want all my young players to be like that so they can get on and I see that in Lewis as his body language tells you that.

“He wants to come and make an impact and from the first day of testing to tonight he has done nothing but impress us.

“We are delighted with his attitude and the fact he is in a rush to do well for Aberdeen.”

McInnes was satisfied with his side’s display against Falkirk, but hopes in the games ahead the Reds will show more creativity.

He added: “I didn’t think there was anything in the game in terms of a lot of chances.

“I can remember one save Joe Lewis had to make in the second half.

“I think by and large it was an exercise for both teams that we’ll use as a stepping stone to where we want to be.

“I hate pre-season, I hate the nature of it, but it’s a necessary evil to get to where we want to be.

“You’re trying to watch injuries, you’re trying to make sure you get minutes into some.

“You’ve got a thought in your mind of the ones who may be starting that first competitive game so you’re trying to build up the minutes for them.

“Once the game starts you just want to be competitive.

“I think for us it’s not so much about the performance it’s about using it as that extension of training and getting that match sharpness, fitness and familiarity.

“In the two games we’ve played we’ve looked solid which pleases me.

“I would like us to get a bit more cutting edge and creativity to our play.

“That’s always the hardest part to get when you come back, getting that high level type of performance.

“I think we’ve still got work to do on that front.

“But it’s just pre-season, we’ve got creative players here and I think we’ll show that over the season.

“At this early stage of pre-season I’d like us to carry that bit more threat, but very rarely are you satisfied with everything.

“I’ve got to be pleased with the fitness of the players and the fact we’ve come through with no injuries.”

Meanwhile, the Dons have also announced they are reviewing their loyalty points scheme.

With Aberdeen’s allocation for the second leg of their Europa League tie against Burnley being announced as 2,400, some fans have expressed their disappointment at the way the briefs will be allocated through the loyalty points scheme.

A club statement said: “At the moment our system is a hybrid of rewarding supporters for attending matches and acknowledging the financial contribution that supporters make to help make the club stronger through home match ticket purchases, season tickets and AberDNA subscriptions.

“The club appreciates there is clearly a balance to be struck between rewarding members for signing up and acknowledging supporters who actively attend matches.”