Date: 29th July 2015 at 10:10am
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Aberdeen have seen further names linked with exits before the summer transfer window draws to a close, admittedly these name wouldn’t be considered first-team regulars but they’ll still not be going anywhere for the time being it seems.

Following his testimonial at the weekend Jamie Langfield admitted he might have to leave with 19-year-old striker Lawrence Shankland, who was on loan with Dunfermline last season, also being heavily linked with another Dons exit, perhaps permanently this time? But Derek McInnes insists no one will be leaving….not yet anyway!

Langfield, linked with St Mirren, has slipped down the pecking order at Pittodrie following Danny Ward’s loan arrival from Liverpool with Shankland also linked with several clubs but ahead of our Europa League qualifier McInnes said that no one, and he’s had enquiries, will be leaving the Dons while we’re in Europe.

‘I am not going to let good players leave the club at this moment in time. Several clubs have phoned me asking about a few of my players on loan and Lawrence being one of them by a few managers.

‘No player will be looking to leave while we are still in European competition.’

McInnes, as is his way, isn’t looking past the third round tie against Karait but he did admit that should we progress to the Europa League proper the situation could chance.

Not only could some, mainly the younger players, be allowed to leave on loan we’ll look at bringing in others too, adding.

‘If we get through the tie, we might have to look at the squad again in terms of bringing in numbers and maybe loaning some out.

‘We always like to get two or three of the younger ones out on loan, but we can’t allow anybody to leave the building while there is so much strain on the squad with the demand.’

The Dons might have only signed Paul Quinn, Danny Ward and Graeme Shinnie so far this summer with no fewer than 14 players departing but given those we’ve brought in and the fact most that left wouldn’t have been first-team regulars the Dons manager isn’t unhappy with his business.

All things considered he believes, despite the numbers deficit, we’ve strengthened the squad so far.

‘We lost a lot more players than we brought in, but the players we brought in all have qualities and ability to play more regularly in the team and I think we’ve strengthened those options.

‘Signing Paul Quinn, Danny Ward and Graeme Shinnie, they have not come here to kick back and be squad players.

‘It is important that you try to strengthen your starting 11 in couple of positions each season and I think that’s what we’ve brought with these three boys.’

Quotes from – BBC Sport.


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