ABERDEEN’s number two, Tony Docherty, has insisted that the club’s Dubai training camp is not a holiday for the players and is part of their improvement, as well as giving them some time to relax.

Docherty, who is assistant to Derek McInnes, said that the camp will be intense as they look to return and clip the wings of Jack Ross’ High Flying St Mirren and progress to the next round od the Scottish Cup.

“It is important that this was not just a training camp which is why we arranged a game at the end of it.

“We are coming straight back to a Scottish Cup game which will be a tricky tie against a good St Mirren team.”

Docherty hopes that the trip will be beneficial as they look to close the eight point gap between the Pittodrie side and leaders Celtic.

“It is not a jolly in Dubai, it is very much a training camp to focus on the latter part of the season.

“The facilities are fantastic and it is important that you have a good environment for the players.

“The winter break is going to be very beneficial. We saw that last year. It was pivotal to our end to the season.

“It was important that the boys got a rest as they haven’t had much time off since the start of the Europa League.

“The training camp really focuses us on the latter part of the season.

“We saw that last year as it was when we emerged from the winter break that we really hit a positive run of form.

“We will be looking to do that again.”


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