Date: 9th July 2015 at 5:28pm
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Aberdeen are looking to see off Shkendija tonight when they come to Pittodrie as we look to book our place in the second round of Europa League qualification.

A one-one draw in the first leg in Macedonia leaves this evenly poised but given home advantage we’ll be hopeful, dare I say expectant, of booking a place again Croatian side Rijeka….

If we’re going to do this we know we’ve got to do it without Mark Reynolds (shoulder) following his injury in the first leg, which whilst not as bad as first feared will still sideline him for up to three-months.

Reynolds was replaced by Paul Quinn in Skopje with him expected to do so again, although Andrew Considine moving across from left back is another option for Derek McInnes.

The good news is McInnes doesn’t have any other worries.

Graeme Shinnie moving to full back if Considine did move centrally. Peter Pawlett and David Goodwillie came on in Macedonia and could be given starts?

Commenting ahead of the game, quoted by the BBC, striker Adam Rooney said he knows it’ll be a difficult game but he’s confident we’ll progress.

‘It was a difficult game over there. They are a good side.

‘We are more aware of them now, their potential threats and, hopefully, where we can exploit their weaknesses.

‘If we can play to the level we are capable of then hopefully we can get through.

‘The lads have all looked sharp in training this week and everyone is up for the game. We had a good run last year but we don’t look too far ahead, we’ll just focus on getting through what will be a tough game.’

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