Aberdeen to return for pre-season training

Tony Docherty and Derek McInnes
Tony Docherty and Derek McInnes.

Pittodrie assistant boss Tony Docherty today insisted the short summer break will not hinder the Dons’ European bid.

Aberdeen are set to return for pre-season training tomorrow, less than a month after calling time in the last campaign on Sunday, May 15.

The Dons have just 16 days before they enter the Europa League on June 30 at the first qualifying round stage.

Aberdeen will step up preparations for the Euro entry at a training camp in St Andrews.

Docherty accepts the short break is the cost of success as the Dons get ready to compete in Europe for a third successive season.

He said: “There was about a four-week break before reporting back to Pittodrie where it all starts again for Europe.

“However, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

“If you are doing that every year it is proof you have been a success by qualifying for Europe.

“Playing in European football is important to us and we all want to be part of that.

“The players will have rested as best they can over the summer but we will be ready for the campaign ahead.”