Date: 13th February 2007 at 5:12am
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Jamie Smith has overwhelmingly won our poll of “Which Dons are good enough for Scotland” poll with a majority of 43% with six players to choose from.


Jamie has been injured since early in the season with a groin problem but returned to the team only to see the problem resurface around November which has kept him out of many important matches, namely the Hibernian cup ties where his direct attacking play was especially missed. His manager is looking forward to his return in the next few weeks and will be a massive player for the Dons as the league draws to a close and with Aberdeen still challenging for second.

The 26 year old ex Ado Den Haag and Celtic player currently has 2 caps which he won in 2003 during the Berti Vogts era when he played in the defeats to Ireland and Austria whilst still a Celtic player.

Jamie`s talent is not in doubt and the only question being if he can stay injury free long enough to go on a consistent run that will alert Alex McLeish who must be interested in a pacey winger who can be effective on both flanks and has a mean shot on him.


The fans decided that next inline should be Aberdeen`s top scorer this season Darren Mackie, who with 9 goals this season is well on course for topping his 15 that he netted for the Dons in season 2004-2005. “The Red Baron” played for the Scotland B squad against Finland last week, his lightning pace and amazing courage having obviously caught the eye of the coaches. Daz will know however that he must improve his one on one finishing if he is to become a genuine Scotland regular.


Darren Mackie`s Scotland B squad team mate Chris Clark was third in the poll as fans decided that “The Shark`s” pace, heart, strength and shooting would be of most benefit to the national team. Chris knows that he could be adding more goals to his game but his work rate is excellent and can play a variety of positions


Jamie earned his first senior international cap in the 2-2 draw with Finland last week as he came on in the second half and unfortunately conceded a goal. The 6`4″ ‘keeper had previously been capped at lower levels but was rewarded for the first time ironically after recently being threatened by Jimmy Calderwood that his place was under threat if he continued making costly mistakes. He`d have a massive job dislodging Craig Gordon but there are not too many ahead of him in the national pecking order and could well be “the next best Scottish goalkeeper” as his club manager has recently claimed.

Barry Nicholson cost Aberdeen £250,000 and such a sum is as much as Aberdeen can realistically be willing to spend on one player so Jimmy Calderwood knew he`d be splashing a huge chunk of his transfer money when he brought Barry north in 2005 and expected big things from him. He`s struggled to justify Calderwood`s insistence to bring him to Pittodrie but has recently shown the consistency and got the goals from midfield that he`d shown at previous club Dunfermline and is winning the fans over. He`s already been capped 3 times; Craig Brown played him against Poland in 2001, becoming the first Pars player in 31 years to have played for the national set-up. He also won caps against Latvia and then his last one came in 2004 when he lined up against Sweden in the 4-1 friendly defeat.


Lee`s position at bottom of the poll is reflected by the fact that currently he`s being kept out of the Aberdeen starting eleven as Jimmy shows faith in the guys scoring goals upfront. Lee has yet to truly recapture the form he showed whilst at Hearts on loan that prompted the bidding war between, Aberdeen, Dundee United and the Hearts team he was playing for. Lee opted to join Dundee United from Bristol City and his 8 goals in 22 games prompted his selection for the National team that was chosen to compete in the Kirin cup where he came on as sub in the draw against Japan. He joined the Dons last August for apparently no fee, after his now team mate Craig Brewster let him leave. Lee`s three goals for the Dons have been crucial but not enough as his manager finally lost patience and he must get into the Aberdeen side permanently if he is to even consider adding anymore caps.

Thanks for your votes, please take a second to submit your opinions on the new poll which has now begun.