Aberdeen defender Andy Considine could break into the club’s all-time top five list for appearances after signing a new two-year contract.
The 32-year-old is now into his 16th season in the Dons’ first-team set-up and has penned a new deal until summer 2021.
Considine also has the potential for another year on that contract extension.
A product of the Pittodrie youth system, Considine has made 476 appearances.
That is just 59 behind Gothenburg Great Jim Leighton, who has made the fifth most appearances for the Dons with 535.
Dons boss Derek McInnes has hailed the importance of “invaluable” Considine.
This season, the defender has pitched in at left-back, left-sided centre-back and right-sided centre-back to cope with a defensive injury crisis.
McInnes said: “Whether Andy is playing at centre-back or left-back, he has been so invaluable. Andy is so important and crucial. No one needs to tell me the importance of Andy and how much I rate him.”
The defender was set to go out of contract at the end of the season.
However, he had triggered a one-year extension to his deal after meeting an appearance threshold written into the deal he signed in 2017.
Considine was keen to commit his future for a longer spell and the two-year contract, with a potential added 12 months, has been agreed.
Having made his debut as a 17-year-old against Dundee in May 2004, Considine was rewarded for his service to the club with a testimonial year in 2015.
The Dons beat Dutch side FC Twente 2-1 at Pittodrie in March 2015 in his testimonial match.
He won the League Cup with the Dons in 2014 and was also recognised at Scotland Under-21 level.
Considine has won the Aberdeen FC player of the year and players’ player of the year awards on two separate occasions.
The defender is set to start against Rangers at Ibrox in the Premiership tomorrow.
McInnes insists it is not just Considine’s versatility but his level of performance in various roles that has been of such value to the club.
He said: “It is not just the value of Andy with his flexibility and how he can play a variety of positions. But his actual level of performance.
“He has been fantastic and with the injuries and suspensions we have had, thankfully he has been here.”