Date: 3rd July 2007 at 9:12pm
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Jackie McNamara can do no wrong today. After the praise by Celtic`s Mark Wilson (previous article), his new manager is next to comment on the virtues of his highest profile signing.

McNamara is now by far the most experienced player at the club and in the absence of Russell Anderson, his leadership qualities, organisational skills and the motivation he`ll bring to young defenders around him will be all the more important.

Aberdeen will no doubt miss their ex-captain Russell Anderson, any team would but the manager, players and fans would be all the more worried had a player of Jackie`s capabilities not been brought in.

Jackie comes to the Dons as the most capped player now at the club and the biggest name to arrive in the north east since Charlie Nicholas was lured away from Arsenal in 1988 but if there was any thought that the former SPL Player of the Year might be bringing an ego with him, Jackie`s first training session with his new team mates but that notion firmly to bed.

Never one to miss much, Calderwood noted ‘Jackie came in today and was great. Even when it came to clearing away the kit after training, he was the first to go and pick up the water bottles and carry them back.

‘Young Michael Paton was training with us and he walked past without stopping to pick anything up – Jackie soon let him know about it, as he should.

‘Jackie has done it all in the game but he’s still happy to do his bit, just as Craig Brewster is. Michael won’t forget to lend a hand next time, or ever again, and all the small things the experienced players offer can add up to big benefits in the long term for the club.’

So without even kicking a ball at any level of competition, the former Celtic captain is already showing why Jimmy thinks he can become his best ever signing and if he stays fit, Alex McLeish must be tempted to recall the player who was pretty much forgotten about during his time in Wolverhampton at a national level although injuries seriously curbed his pitch time down there.

All that is in the future but what is certain is the fact that Aberdeen have signed a player who will improve those around him and the impact he could potentially make on and off the park points towards Jackie being probably the pick of the SPL summer signings so far.

And if McNamara is chosen to be the new captain, Aberdeen will find themselves being lead out by possibly the best in the business.