Former Don Paul Quinn believes keeping long-serving Andy Considine would be a great piece of business for Aberdeen.
Quinn had a six-month spell at Pittodrie during the 2015-16 season and saw at close quarters what Considine brings to the Reds.
The 31-year-old is in his 15th season with the Dons, but his contract is up in the summer.
Discussions have taken place about a new deal, but no extension has been signed yet. Having played with and against Considine, Quinn thinks keeping him would be good business for Aberdeen.
The former Motherwell, Cardiff and Ross County centre-back said: “Aberdeen as a club will always have to sign players from England or from elsewhere in Scotland.
“But it is still very important to have people from the area who have come through the ranks, know what it’s about and know the pressure of playing for the club.
“The Andy Considines and Graeme Shinnies are those players. Andy has been a great servant to Aberdeen, I played with Andy for a period in my career and I’ve known him for a long time.
“We were in Scotland age group squads and I’ve played against and with him over a near 20-year period.
“I have seen how consistent he is and along with that he is a top fella and a great guy in the dressing room.”
Club captain Graeme Shinnie, pictured below, is also out of contract at the end of the season.
The Dons skipper is currently deliberating his future with plenty of interest in him from English Championship clubs.
Quinn, who has started his own business during a break from the game after leaving Dundee United last summer. believes it may be tougher for Aberdeen to keep Shinnie.
The 33-year-old added: “Graeme is similar to Andy in knowing what the club is about but it might be difficult for Aberdeen to keep hold of him. He is a player that I think just keep getting better and contributing more for Aberdeen.
“He has got a decision to make but it might be tricky for Aberdeen to keep him because he could play at a higher level.
“In Scotland the only higher level in the last few years has been Celtic. Whether Graeme would end up there I don’t know.
“But it may be down south where I think there will be big clubs in the English Championship interested in Graeme. I know Aberdeen fans won’t like me saying that, but when you have his ability there will be interest.”
On Saturday Aberdeen travel to Parkhead looking to set a club record of eight straight away wins, then on Tuesday they face Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay.
Under manager Derek McInnes the Dons have shown they are more than capable of beating the Glasgow giants on their own patch.
Quinn believes the Reds competing with Celtic and Rangers for honours and beating them away from home is down to the job done by McInnes.
He said: “His budgets aren’t as strong as Celtic or Rangers, but he keeps doing it.
“He loses good players, but he always manages to bring in good players.
“Derek is a top manager working at a top club and with the job he has done I am slightly surprised that he is still there.
“But he has built something at Aberdeen and will feel he still has unfinished business and more to achieve at Aberdeen.”
Meanwhile, the Dons are set to receive fewer than 1,000 tickets for next week’s Scottish Cup replay with Rangers at Ibrox.
Competition regulations state the Red Army would be entitled to up to 20% of the Glasgow ground’s capacity, which would be closer to 10,000 briefs.
However, it is understood Aberdeen will receive the same amount – 850 tickets – as they did for the 1-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox in December.
It is understood the Dons have gauged the level of interest in Tuesday night’s clash among supporters and 1,000 is the top end of what they would expect to sell.