Date: 2nd September 2006 at 12:13pm
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Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood has backed new-signing Lee Miller to help bring the glory days back to Aberdeen.

Scotland international Miller, 23, signed a two-year deal with Aberdeen after joining on a free from SPL rivals Dundee United, and Calderwood is confident the player will emerge from his poor run of form and start showing his true ability as he did while on-loan at Hearts.

Calderwood told the Daily Record: ‘He had a magnificent loan spell at Hearts and if we can help him get back to that standard he will enjoy a successful career at Aberdeen. The lad knows he hasn’t performed to his potential lately but he is still ambitious.

‘He wants to get back into the Scotland reckoning and if he applies himself that is well within his capabilities because most clubs in the country are looking for a target-man.’

Arabs boss Craig Brewster is facing a backlash from fans over the sale – especially over letting a player who cost £225,000 go for free – but he said he takes full responsibility for the transfer and is ‘big enough’ to take any criticism.

He said: ‘This was a football decision made by me, nobody else. I was brought here to sort this club out and I felt this was necessary as we need to get back to the basics.’

While it’s true that Miller only scored eight goals for the Arabs, this could prove to be one of the best signings Jimmy Calderwood has made. Fourth in the league with a new forward man, could this be the year when the Dons raise a few eyebrows up and down the country?

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