ABERDEEN’s club captain, Graeme Shinnie has insisted that Shaun Maloney will be a calming influence at Pittodrie whilst dispensing his knowledge of the game.

Shinnie, who played in Saturday’s 3-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, spoke of his admiration for the two-time Celt, Maloney.

“Shaun Maloney is an older, wiser head that will bring a lot to the team both on and off the pitch.”

“That is the type of player we want here to push us forward. There was a lot of talk of Jonny (Hayes) leaving, Ryan Jack going to Rangers and obviously the manager potentially going. There was a dark cloud hanging over things but when the manager announced he was staying that disappeared and the positivity came back.”

Along with the potential signing of Maloney, Aberdeen have added Greg Tansey and Greg Stewart to their ranks – with Stevie May being targeted too.

“The signings have brought a massive buzz to the club. I am sure there are more to come. The team is getting stronger and it is looking positive. We could be better next season.”

Aberdeen continue to prepare for their Europa League campaign – where they will face either Ordabasy of Kazakhstan or Bosnians Siroki Brijeg, who surprisingly lead 2-0 from Thursday’s first-leg.


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