Date: 27th July 2008 at 11:56am
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On the messageboards in pre-season, you will find a lot of posts that seem to conflict each other, because they’re by the same person. While humping some Dutch pub side, person x will say ‘these games are no use, we need better opposition’. But when being humped by some well known side, person x will say ‘these games are no help for confidence’. And that is why I’m writing this, to tell you what opposition we should be playing.

As per the examples above, one of the two types of pre-season friendlies seem to be knocking 4, 5, or 6 past an amateur team. These games, in my opinion, are absolutely no use. They tell us nothing. Yes, they are good for confidence and all that, and that’s about it. They don’t show how good our new signings will be against SPL sides or what formation works or doesn’t. And even when 6 up, Aberdeen at least still don’t try playing football, knocking the ball about.

On the other hand, there’s the glamour friendly against some team which pay their star player more a week than our entire squad combined. Being humped to death by these teams, as recently experienced by Hibs and Dundee United, really doesn’t show anything either. I repeat, it doesn’t show how good our new signings will be against SPL sides or what formation works or doesn’t.

So, that only leaves one kind of team left. SPL standard. There are many leagues in the world that are massively over-rated compared to the SPL. Leagues such as the Dutch Eredivisie, Portugese Liga and MLS. The reason being is because you only see teams like PSV from the Eredivisie on TV and not the rest of them. That’s the same as Celtic and Rangers being the only teams in the SPL that really get on international television.

Aberdeen should be playing teams such as Sparta Rotterdam and Utrecht of the Netherlands and Nacional and Sporting De Braga of Portugal. Teams that would not hump Aberdeen and teams Aberdeen wouldn’t hump. Tough tests that would get Aberdeen into proper shape for the season, preventing the usual horrible opening month, and would show which players are any good.

Take note Calderwood.