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Aberdeen recall Anderson and Virtanen from loan deals

Aberdeen's Bruce Anderson is set to return from a loan spell at Ayr United

Aberdeen's Bruce Anderson is set to return from a loan spell at Ayr United

Aberdeen have recalled striker Bruce Anderson and midfielder Miko Virtanen from their loan spells in the Scottish Championship.

Dons boss Derek McInnes confirmed the clause for both to return in the January transfer window from scheduled season-long loans has been activated.

Anderson, 22, had been on loan at Ayr United and netted two goals in 10 appearances, seven starts and three off the bench.

Bruce Anderson, while on loan at Ayr, up against Wallace Duffy of Inverness Caley Thistle.

Striker Anderson led the line in the first game of the season for Aberdeen due to a centre-forward injury crisis with both Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main sidelined.

Aberdeen lost that game, against Rangers, 1-0.

Virtanen, 21, made 12 appearances for Arbroath in the first half of this season, with 11 starts.

Both rejoin the Aberdeen squad this week.

Hearts’ Craig Wighton is challenged by Miko Virtanen, on loan at Arbroath, during a Championship clash.

McInnes said: “We have spoken to the clubs and Anderson and Virtanen will both come back into things.

“They were allowed to play for their clubs on Saturday and then will come back in with us this week.”