Boss Derek McInnes has urged Watford’s Tommie Hoban to concentrate on returning to fitness before any potential move to Aberdeen is explored.
Defender Hoban is recovering from cruciate ligament surgery that is expected to keep him out until October.
He is now back recuperating in London following the injury sustained in February while on loan at Pittodrie.
However, Hoban travelled up to meet the Dons for the 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Celtic earlier this month. He was in an Aberdeen jacket at Hampden and sat with the Reds’ injured players.
The defender, pictured, has admitted he would consider signing with the Dons if it was an option.
McInnes has retained regular contact with Hoban since he returned to his parent club.
The player is out of contract at Watford at the end of the season and has still to discover his future with the Premier League outfit.
If Hoban becomes a free agent McInnes is keen to secure him – but wants all the defender’s focus on his recuperation.
And McInnes will focus on getting new signings in during what will be a busy summer.
The manager said: “All Tommie needs to concentrate on now is getting himself fit.
“We are in constant dialogue with Tommie and there is a genuine concern there.
“Hopefully Tommie gets himself back to full fitness and we will see how things play out for him, really, at his own club.
“However, he is someone I would be keen to work with again.
“For now, though, I need to concentrate on getting ones in for the summer. And Tommie needs to concentrate on getting himself fit.”
McInnes insists the 1-0 defeat of Kilmarnock silenced the Dons’ critics who insisted their season was over after the Scottish Cup exit.
The boss was one of four Dons sent off with assistant Tony Docherty, defender Dom Ball and midfielder Lewis Ferguson also red carded.
The win at Kilmarnock leapfrogged the Reds over the Rugby Park club into third in the Premiership and pole position for European qualification.
McInnes said: “If anyone thought our season finished at Hampden then at Rugby Park the appetite of my players illustrated the exact opposite.
“I was delighted with the reaction of my players against Kilmarnock. Our calmness, discipline and experience showed.
“Although we had quite a young team in certain areas, I still felt the experience of this type of game helped.
“We managed to get the job done in what was always going to be a tough game.
“However, we still have work to do to get that European spot, especially against teams who have a lack of European involvement over the last few years and are chasing it.
“It is equally as important to us at Aberdeen and hopefully we can get the job done.”
Kilmarnock had three players sent off by referee Steven McLean in a match where eight yellow cards were also issued.
With striker Sam Cosgrove already on a yellow card and being caught up in niggly battles McInnes substituted him at half-time to avoid the possibility of the Reds’ leading scorer being sent off.
McInnes admits he even considered replacing Cosgrove before the break.
He said: “I thought Sam got a raw deal. I am not convinced it was a yellow card but I had to get him off.
“It was the type of game. He was going in a bit half-hearted towards the end of the first half and I thought about taking him off before half-time.
“I would have been kicking myself if he had been involved in another incident.
“I just felt it was important we got him off and kept 11 men on the pitch.
“We then lost a bit of size, which doesn’t help us against Kilmarnock at set-plays.
“Then I took Mikey Devlin off, as I thought we needed a more natural left-back in Max Lowe playing against 10 men.
“Although we lacked a bit of size, Scott McKenna was the one who came up with the goods with the goal at the set-play.
“From there on in I thought we were relatively comfortable, although I know there was loads more happening.
“In terms of the actual game, we managed that very well.”