The first of the Dons pre-season’s friendlies is the testimonial for John Brown but friendly or not, Jimmy Calderwood expects a win and to win well at that as he bloods all his new boys.
Jimmy Calderwood to RedWeb:- ‘I’ll behonest I am looking forward to the game. The boys have all worked really hard over the past couple of weeks and are all looking very fit. There should be a good crowd, which is great for the lad. He deserves it. I am hopefully going to play all the new signings. Jackie, Jeffrey and Lee should start and I will give Arafath a run out in the second half. Although it is only a friendly game I have standards that I expect the players to play at and I will not let them drop below that level. It doesn’t matter if it is an SPL match or a friendly we demand the same standards.’
‘We won’t be treating the game lightly in any way.
‘All of our new signings will play and we won’t be fielding any youth players.
‘It’s the ideal chance to use the majority of the first team pool and I will be demanding a favourable result and performance.
‘It will be the same when we play Buckie Thistle on Sunday.
‘I’ve seen players treat games against lower level clubs lightly, but I can’t stand that and I won’t accept it.
‘If anyone gets sloppy they will soon know how I feel because I want them to be setting the same standards they will expected to show when the competitive stuff gets underway.
‘It’s the start of our build up to the SPL opener with Dundee United, so there is no room for messing about.
‘The team that starts at Tannadice will be made up of the players who impress the most in the build-up and the battle for those places begins at Cove.’
Jamie Smith to RedWeb:- ‘It will be great to get back on the pitch again. Although it is all about getting ready for the Dundee United game and this is only the first friendly it is still important you start the right way. It would be good to go there, score a few goals and more importantly put in a good performance.’
Lee Mair to Reds Online:- ‘I have to admit I was a little bit nervous earlier in the week about making my debut.
‘However, I feel in great shape and this is the fittest I’ve ever been in my career.
‘A few of the other new signings will also feature against Cove so we have to show the fans what we are capable of.
‘We’re going into this match determined to win as we start our build-up for the first game of the season in the best way.’
We have to get things right now and all the lads will be eager to impress the manager.
‘We’re gearing up for the first match against Dundee United at the start of next month.
‘We’ve got the friendly games in Scotland and the trip to Egypt to perfect things.
‘I have played at Allan Park a number of years ago in a schools cup final so I have an idea of what to expect.
‘We know Cove Rangers will be desperate to impress but we won’t underestimate them.’
Cove Rangers Team News:
Cove Rangers are a senior Scottish football club currently playing in the Highland Football League. They are based in Cove Bay, a suburb of Aberdeen and play their football at Allan Park.
The current manager is John Sheran.
Player to watch: John Brown
Has to be the star man, John Brown on his big day. John is 33 and from Aberdeen and is described on the Cove unofficial website as ‘A tremendous crosser of the ball, he poses a threat every time he comes forward’.
Aberdeen Team News:
Jimmy is threatening to unleash the big guns and new boys as the preparations get into full swing. There will likely be many substitutions but fans can expect to see a very strong Dons team at all times on the park.
Player to watch: Jeffrey De Visscher
Making his Aberdeen debut will be the man brought from De Graaschap and his manager has high hopes that the fans will love this new winger.
immy said of Jeffrey ‘Since the start of pre-season training Jeffrey has only had one misplaced pass.
‘That is unbelievable in more than a week of training.
‘Jeffrey was tired after coming back from the summer break but he is still playing to that high standard.
‘If he is that good on the ball when tired, just imagine what he will be like when he is not.’
‘Jeffrey is a very clever player, he knows the game and has great vision,’
He has played at a high level for De Graafschap, Heracles Almelo and FC Twente and is comfortable in possession.
‘I wouldn’t say we were struggling in the left wide area because Chris Clark, Barry Nicholson and Jamie Smith could all go in there.
‘But Jeffrey is more of an out and out winger. He is clever and gets in front of goal.
‘He will give us more width and options.’
Match Facts & Stats
The Dons next match on the pre-season tour is away to Buckie Thistle on Sunday.