KENNY McLEAN has tipped his ex-teammate, Ryan Jack to shine on his debut, despite the risk of a hostile atmosphere from the home support.

Jack, 25, outraged the Aberdeen supporters when he allowed his contract at Pittodrie to run down before moving to their arch-enemies Rangers.
McLean, also 25, believes that despite his exit, Jack can overcome the hostile reception and shine on what could be Jack’s first cap for Scotland.
“I’d like to think he will be fine. It wasn’t great when he left, the things that were going about. He served the club great, he was the club captain, he won a cup with us. He did excellent and the criticism he received was a bit unfair.

“He let the club know he was going to leave same as another couple of the boys at that time. But I suppose it was different to the way the players left. Jacko knows it won’t be a great reception when he goes back, not from everyone anyway.

“But he’ll be able to handle that, he’s playing at a massive club now and he’ll be used to expectations. He’s representing his country and he’ll do as well as he can and have to deal with it.”

McLean recently told Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes that he won’t sign a new contract at Pittodrie and is free to leave next summer. Ibrox could also be his destination although the player seems to have plenty of interest from down south.

Both players will be hoping to feature in Malky Mackay’s side when they take on Dick Advocat’s Netherlands side at Pittodrie on Thursday.


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