Date: 5th July 2007 at 8:59pm
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Jimmy Calderwood has put a challenge down to Scott Severin to prove that he can be as vital to the team as Russell Anderson was.

Jimmy has basically told his new captain that he can be dropped, just like every other player, if he does not reach and maintain the standards he set in his first year of his Dons career.

Severin had some special moments last season when he scored some stunning, crucial goals but Calderwood has told the man from Stirling that producing the goods from time to time is not acceptable and he must lead the time by example and leave absolutely everything on the pitch.

JC issued a warning that should keep not just Severin but the whole squad on their toes as competition for places hits Jimmy`s all time Pittodrie premium when he said to Reds Online, ‘Normally I like my captain to play every week but it depends on how Seve performs. He’ll have to play better than he did in a couple of games last season.

‘If that happens again, he could be stripped of the armband. Hopefully, though, he will get back to the standards we know he’s capable of and that won’t be a problem.

‘There were a few candidates but Seve was the first choice to take over from Russell because he has all the qualities to do the job.

‘He’s a winner, he has the respect of everyone at the club and our fans. He stood out the most.

‘Some people might have thought it would be Jackie McNamara because he captained Celtic but he has just come to the club and that’s always a difficult one.

‘But Seve has been here for three years and knows what the role is all about and that’s the reason he got it. He’s the ideal man for the job.

Jimmy warned the new skipper that only the form that has saw him win 15 Scotland caps will do from now on and the fact that he is the leader of the team only makes him more noticeable if he is not hitting that standard.

‘Scott was absolutely magnificent in his first season at the club as he produced a number of first class displays.

‘But in his second he suffered a little bit with injuries and his performances were up and down last season.

‘By his own high standards he knows he was a little too inconsistent in the last campaign.

‘But Scott is a very honest lad and now has the challenge facing him to raise the bar as everyone faces a fight to win a place.

‘He knows what is expected of him at this great club in his new role as captain.

‘Scott was always the first choice among the management team to succeed Russell.

Severin was also number one in the eyes of the fans and many would argue that Seve has never let the team down but perhaps will agree with the boss that he didn`t always grab a game by the scruff of the neck the way he has shown that he can.

And when he does that, he`s immense, arguably the best in Scotland. So if he rises to the manager`s challenge next year, Aberdeen fans can expect a player who could well put Russell Anderson in the shade.

Quite unthinkable I admit but if there is one player at Pittodrie who can fill Russell`s boots, it`s Scott Severin.