Date: 24th August 2007 at 10:24pm
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Still looking for a first win of the season, Aberdeen descend upon Edinburgh to face a buoyant Hibs team in 3rd place but it appears they will still be with ICT bound Craig Brewster for this clash.

Vital Quotes:

Calderwood speaking to Reds Online about why some of his players have underperformed.

Jamie was struggling in training last week and you saw how he tired after a bright start against Celtic. He hasn’t been able to train since and our doctors believe it may be a viral condition. He’s had blood tests today to try to get to the bottom of problem, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the results show.

‘I don’t know whether their illnesses are related to our tour in Egypt in pre-season. It is a possibility because a few of the lads and myself have not been 100% since we returned home.’

Hibernian FC Team News:

Calderwood favourite Dean Shiels and Kevin McCann should return for Hibs.

Hibs Squad:- Ma-Kalambay, McCann, Hogg, Jones, Murphy, Kerr, Beuzelin, Stevenson, O’Brien, Fletcher, Zemmama, McNeil, Benjelloun, Morais, Donaldson, Shiels, Joneleit, Gathuessi.

Player to watch: Merouane Zemmama

The little Moroccan is deadly at free kicks and Soutar may not be as lucky as he was last week when he saw Nakamura’s effort smack the bar if his defence give the wee man a chance from the same range.

Aberdeen FC Team News:

Looks like the deal is done and Craig Brewster will return to Caley Thistle as manager after tomorrows match in Edinburgh against Hibs.

Brewster appears to have got his nose over the finish line first in the race for the job but the two men he edged out would appear, according to most ICT fans sites, to have been the people`s choice.

It seems Caley have gone for a “banker” instead of risking the outspoken Neil Warnock or relatively inexperienced Owen Coyle as they bid once again to be challenging for a top six finish, the very thought of which was looking very speculative after the teams` poor start under Charlie Christie.

So the Dons will be losing an important part of their squad but players come and go and Brewster was always a short term signing for Calderwood but his form had prompted an extension and who`d have bet against him winning another one?

Calderwood no doubt thought he would have had all his men in place for the long season ahead but the optimistic side of Brewster leaving is that Jimmy now has another wage to spend on a new player and he still has a bit of time to go find one before the first transfer window shuts and who knows what Jimmy might dig up.

Jimmy Nicholl to the P&J on what the side will lose when Brewster moves.

You could see what Craig brought to the side last week and Lee Miller could learn a lot from him.

‘The positions he takes up, the problems he gives defenders, his passing, everything is great.

‘Lee Miller doesn’t have the pace of Darren Mackie or Steve Lovell, and if the manager wants the balance of a targetman and a quick forward, Lee has to take the things Brew does on board.’

Jimmy Calderwood on the defensive partnership of Diamond and Considine.

Theirs could be the defensive partnership at Aberdeen for years to come.

‘They have the quality needed to make a strong partnership.

‘They have strengths that compliment each other and that will eventually help them form a formidable barrier.

‘It’s still early days, but I certainly saw enough against Celtic to encourage me to persevere with the partnership over the course of the season.’

Ricky Foster on his disappointing start to the season.

I thought to myself after last year that I would start the first couple of games,’ he said.

‘But I have maybe been a bit complacent and not worked as hard as I should have.

‘I have realised now that with the players that can play there I need to be at my best to play there every week.’

Dons Squad:- Soutar, Hart, Diamond, Touzani, D Smith, Considine, McNamara, Severin, Nicholson, Clark, Foster, Young, J Smith, Maguire, Lovell, Mackie, Miller, Brewster.

Player to watch: Scott Severin

Seve should be freed of his defensive restraints and start showing the driving force that was so important to the Dons last season. He’s hardly hit a shot so far this season and against a quailty Hibs side, his distance digs could be the difference.

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