Date: 22nd May 2007 at 11:46am
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It`s testament to the progress and ambition that Aberdeen now have that Jamie Langfield is going to snub Rangers to stay and play for the Dons as they embark on a season that has the fans wishing the months away to get started.

Walter Smith had allegedly tested Langfield`s loyalty to Aberdeen with a paltry £70,000 bid which was ignored by both the club and player and Jamie will again be the man in the Number 1 shirt next season.

Walter Smith clearly does not share Jimmy Calderwood`s belief that Langfield is only bettered by Craig Gordon as the SPL`s top ‘keeper because he was being bought only as cover for Allan McGregor and would be on the bench most weeks as the younger man takes the field.

That shouldn`t have been and wasn`t good enough for a player still to reach his peak years in the game and Jamie is delighted that he`ll be committing the best period of his career to the Dons.

Jamie said, ‘The gaffer wants to keep me and I’m happy here. I don’t know what has gone on between Rangers and Aberdeen but I am an Aberdeen player and want to stay one.

‘We’ve spoken about a new deal and I’m looking to get it done. I’m off to Magaluf for my stag party this week but hopefully it will be completed when I get back.

‘To achieve what we have on the resources available is just as good as winning a cup.

‘If you had asked anyone who would finish third in the SPL we wouldn’t have been mentioned.

‘The Rangers game was our cup final and we had to make sure we came out on top. But we played at a consistently high level all season.

‘We had to do the dirty work and grind out results at times. But we also played some good stuff and are back in Europe on merit.

‘I had blips but a lot of people forget this is my first full season after joining the club midway through last term. I get stick from the fans but this encourages me to go on and do better.

‘Hopefully, I can cut out these mistakes in the future because I feel I’m capable of performing at a higher level.’

A higher level would be international caps and European nights.

Is Jamie good enough for those scenes or do you think that Aberdeen should have accepted the Rangers bid?

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