Evening Express

No time for ‘hangover’ from Europe exit – Dons boss

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Defeat to Burnley ensured Aberdeen failed to reach the third qualifying round of the Europa League for the first time in five years.

Manager Derek McInnes’ job before tomorrow’s kick-off is to revitalise his disappointed players and get them ready.

He warned there can be no Europa League after-effects when hosting Rangers. “We cannot have any hangover from the Burnley game affecting the one tomorrow,” he said.

“There is clearly a job to do to make sure we are ready, as boys will have to go back in.

“Now it is all about Rangers and getting ready both physically and mentally for that – getting the players ready to go again.

“We dust ourselves down and take the positives from Burnley, and there were many of them – certainly in the individual performances from the players.

“It is maybe not a bad thing that the Rangers game is coming up so fast.

“Obviously there will be a time for reflection and there will be a lot of pride in my players and (the) performance.

“However, for now, it is all about getting ready for Rangers.”