Aberdeen manager Craig Brown today announced that Richard Foster will be the new Aberdeen skipper taking over from Paul Hartley who retired last season through injury. At the age of 26 and making 250 appearances for the Reds, Foster would possibly be a contender as Captain for many clubs in the Scottish Premier League.
Foster told Aberdeen’s official website:“It’s a tremendous honour and a privilege to have been asked and I will do everything I can to justify the faith the manager has shown in me. I played under Russell Anderson and Scott Severin here and learned a lot from both of them and I’m sure that will stand me in good stead.
“It’s not just about the skipper though. You can be the best captain in the world but if the team doesn’t gel, it won’t happen.”
Despite the status that Craig Brown has handed to Foster, the utility player was farmed out on last season to Rangers as part of a surprise and controversial loan deal involving Rangers striker Andreas Velicka. A deal sanctioned by then Dons manager Mark McGhee, leaving the club without a recognised Left Back.
Foster donned the Light Blue jersey domestically 24 times, including in Rangers’ European campaign and helped the Ibrox side win the League. Despite reports that new manager Ally McCoist wanted to make Foster’s stay at Ibrox permanent, the 26-year-old returned to Pittodrie at the end of last season.
He stated on the Rangers official website then: “Career wise, it has been the best season of my life and personally it was the best year of my life too with my son being born and me getting married. This season I have played in the Champions League and won the SPL title so I couldn’t have asked for any more from my time here.”
The initial question would have been – How would the Aberdeen fans take to the return of Foster after his stint at Ibrox, given the intense rivalry between the two sides?
A rivalry heightened in 1988 when Dons player Neil Simpson challenged Rangers midfielder Ian Durrant, which resulted in the now-Rangers coach suffer from serious knee ligament damage and kept him out of the game for three years and plagued him for the rest of his career, ultimately forcing Durrant to retire.
Now an additional question must be asked – Do the Dons fans think Foster is good enough to follow in the footsteps of previous Aberdeen captains Frank Dunlop, Jimmy Mitchell, Willie Miller and Alex McLeish?