Date: 6th April 2007 at 12:23am
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The Aberdeen building process for next season does not end with the first team as several of the Under 19`s who lost 2-1 in their SFA Youth Cup Semi-final to Celtic are expecting to be leaving the club.

One of those may be a bit of a surprise to many Dons fans, Andy Bagshaw was one of the most highly sought after youngsters around when he signed terms with Aberdeen who had to battle for his signature with Rangers and Celtic as well as Alex Ferguson`s Manchester United.

Bagshaw is sure to find another club if Aberdeen don`t offer him another deal as he has already tasted glory at national level. Andy was part of the successful Scottish team that won the La Manga tournament a couple of months ago and has featured often on the Dons first team bench.

It is not confirmed that Bagshaw and seven others from the Under 19`s Dons team will be definitely leaving but Bagshaw believes he still has his best form to show his manager Neil Cooper if he can only get himself into his favourite position.

Bagshaw said ‘I have not really been given much of a chance up front, and I feel that is my best position.

‘I’m not saying that’s why it is, but I feel I am best up front and I don’t think I’ve been given the chance to play there on a regular basis.

‘I have not been in the first team at all which was quite surprising, but to be fair, it is the manager’s decision.

‘It is one of those things that hasn’t really worked out, but hopefully if I don’t get a contract here, it will work out at another club and I can show that I can play good football.’

He`s not the only youngster sweating about his career. Team mates Fraser Stewart, Kenny Haswell, Brian Neill, Mark Thomas, Willie John Kiely and Lee Jones are all in his boat and Bagshaw admits that he`s not expecting to be an Aberdeen player for much longer.

He is preparing himself for the worst and life after Pittodrie and said,

‘I think I will be leaving. The manager hasn’t really said anything, so I am not expecting a new contract, to be honest.

‘I am a bit gutted, but I feel I am good enough to go and get another club. Nothing has been confirmed yet, I will have to wait until Monday to see what they say.’



nder 19`s manager Neale Cooper is willing to cut loose his under achieving starlets in a bid to provide Jimmy Calderwood with more quality in the future.

Cooper, a European Cup Winners cup winner with Aberdeen has managed clubs in his own right with spells at Ross County, Hartlepool United and Gillingham and isn`t afraid of making big decisions.

Cooper said ‘The manager, myself, Jimmy Nicholl, Sandy Clark and Jim Leighton will discuss the boys’ futures over the time they have been here.

‘It is all down to performances, nothing else.

‘As a footballer, you are judged on your performances and how you handle yourself away from the park as well.

‘They get the chance here and it is how they take that chance.’

Cooper`s boys sit slap bang in the middle of the league table, a drop on last season when they were fourth, the defeat to Celtic in the cup effectively ended their season and perhaps for some, their Aberdeen careers.