Date: 1st August 2007 at 11:59am
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Derek Young had a winning return to Aberdeen last night as part of what was basically a reserve side which beat Inverurie Locos 6-0.

Jimmy selected a side full of players who hadn`t featured much or at all during the Egypt tour but it still contained several first team regulars and players who are chapping on that door.

He fielded Greg Kelly in goal with a back four of Neil McVitie, Dan Smith, Jonathan Kurrant and Karim Touzani. Derek Young played in midfield with youngsters Stuart Smith, Ryan Strachan and hot prospect Chris Maguire which left veteran Craig Brewster to partner Michael Paton up front.

Two goals from Maguire and another for Jonathan Kurrant who is certainly chipping in with his fair share from defence put Aberdeen 3-0 at half time. Craig Brewster proved he still has the legs to last a match and gave his manager something to think about with two goals in the second before the scoring was rounded off by Michael Paton in the 73rd minute with a fine volley.

The match was obviously just a chance for some fringe players to stake a claim for the first team before Saturday`s big kick off but Jimmy will have been paying close attention to the performance and fitness level of his new signing Derek Young as he has already said that he`d pitch him in against Dundee United if he felt tactically that was the right option.

Jimmy was clearly confident Young would make in impact before he had the player fully assessed but he has announced that he`s been impressed with the physical condition of his ex-Dunfermline player.

He said ‘I’d have no hesitation in playing Derek at Tannadice if necessary.

‘When we knew the deal was certain to happen, he was given fitness programme, he’s worked hard and is really fit. I’m certain he’ll make a contribution.’

Derek himself is confident he`ll win the Dons boo-boys back over and he`s totally committed to proving himself all over again but he is fully aware that it might take time to be given his chance now that the Dons have such a strong, established squad.

Young told Reds Online ‘There’s no doubt I’ve come back to an Aberdeen side in much better condition than the one I left four years ago.

‘We were struggling against relegation under a manager who, with no disrespect to the man, wasn’t in a good state himself.

‘There was a lot of talk about the club being in financial trouble with no money to bring in players to a squad that was already short on numbers.

‘When we got the call from Jimmy Calderwood to move to Dunfermline there was the chance to join a side doing great in the league with a fantastic squad.

‘It was still a hard decision. I’d been at Aberdeen for seven years and spent my adult life there enjoying every minute but to progress we had to move then.

‘A lot of fans might think I didn’t care about Aberdeen but that’s far from the truth.

‘Jimmy is by far the best manager I have ever had and I’ve been through a few in my time. I sense things are going to keep improving.’

We all hope so but if Derek wants to be part of it then he will need to vastly improve himself and even then that might not be enough for many Dons fans who haven`t forgotten his claims that he was moving to a bigger team when he left for Dunfermline four years ago.