2017–18 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen
2017–18 season
Chairman Stewart Milne
Manager Derek McInnes
Ground Pittodrie Stadium
Aberdeen, Scotland
(Capacity: 20,987)
Scottish Premiership Runner-up
Scottish League Cup Quarter-Finals
Europa League Third qualifying round
Scottish Cup Semi-final
Top goalscorer League: Adam Rooney (9)
All: Kenny McLean
Adam Rooney (11)
Highest home attendance 20,528 vs
Celtic
Scottish Premiership
25 October 2017
Lowest home attendance 8,739 vs
Kilmarnock
Scottish Cup
3 March 2018
Average home league attendance 15,775
Home colours
Away colours

The 2017–18 Aberdeen F.C. season was Aberdeen's 104th season in the top flight of Scottish football and the fifth in the Scottish Premiership. Aberdeen also competed in the League Cup and the Scottish Cup.

Aberdeen also competed in qualifying for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.[1]

Summary[edit]

June[edit]

In the pre-season, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was the subject of press speculation regarding a potential move to English Premier League team Sunderland,[2] after weeks of speculation, McInnes rejected an eventual approach by Sunderland on 15 June and committed his future to the Dons until 2019.[3] Subsequently, only a few days later, he and assistant Tony Docherty, signed a 1-year contract extension, keeping them with the club until the summer of 2020.[4]

On 17 June, Jonny Hayes signed for Celtic for £1.3 million plus a season-long loan for Ryan Christie.[5][6] Christie had been on loan at the club for the second half of last season.[7]

On 26 June, after being linked with Sunderland with manager McInnes,[8] 'keeper Joe Lewis signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2020.[9]

July[edit]

On 11 July, Shay Logan signed a contract extension until 2020.[10]

On 12 July, Gary Mackay-Steven signed from Celtic for £150,000 on a two-year deal.[11]

On 14 July, former player and Iceland international Kári Árnason re-signed for the club from Omonia on a free, signing a one-year deal.[12] He had originally played for the club in the 2011-12 season.

On 19 July, at least 2 supporters were injured after an attack by Bosnians in the city of Mostar, the night before they were due to play Bosnia and Herzegovina side Široki Brijeg in their Europa League qualifier.[13]

August[edit]

On 3 August, Aberdeen were again knocked out of the Europa League at the Third Qualifying Round stage for the 4th year in a row, this time at the hands of Apollon Limassol.[14] There was yet more trouble for Dons fans, this time during the match and after the final whistle, the club looked into this incident,[15] in which later both clubs were fined by UEFA.[16]

On 10 August, after spending months trying to sign him,[17] Stevie May signed for the Dons for £400,000.[18] Miles Storey the next day joined Partick Thistle for an undisclosed fee.[19]

On 26 August, Aberdeen beat Partick Thistle 4–3 at Firhill, meaning they were the only club in the league to win their first 4 matches of the season.[20]

September[edit]

On 5 September, defender Mark Reynolds signed a contract extension until 2019.[21]

On 21 September, Aberdeen were knocked out of the League Cup at the Quarter-Final stage, being comfortably beaten 3–0 by Motherwell.[22]

On 30 September, Adam Rooney scored his eighth hat-trick for the Dons in a 3–0 win at home against St Johnstone.[23]

October[edit]

On 16 October, winger Scott Wright signed a contract extension until 2021.[24]

On 19 October, defender Scott McKenna signed a contract extension until 2021.[25]

On 24 October, it was announced that midfielder Kenny McLean would not be renewing his contract at the end of the season.[26]

Subsequently, on 25 October, the Dons suffered their first defeat of the season, being comfortably beaten 3–0 at home to Celtic.[27]

On 30 October, Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean and on-loan Celtic player Ryan Christie were called up for Scotland to play The Netherlands for a friendly due to take place on 9 November at Pittodrie.[28]

Also on 30 October, the Dons signed forward and Finland Under 18 International Miko Virtanen to the Development squad.[29]

November[edit]

Before, during, and after the early November International break, manager Derek McInnes was continually linked with the vacant Rangers job[30][31][32] and he dismissed this in the press to say, "My job is the Aberdeen manager and I'm here to talk about Aberdeen and our upcoming game against Motherwell, its only speculation."[33]

After the club put continual plans in building the new stadium at Kingsford on hold[34] Tom Crotty, a US Businessman, invested £775,000 into the project.[35]

December[edit]

On 3 December, speaking after the back-to-back defeats to Rangers,[36] manager Derek McInnes admitted speculation linking him with the vacant Rangers job could be affecting the players after only picking up 7 points from the 7 previous matches since Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October.[37]

On 7 December, Derek McInnes rejected an approach from Rangers to stay with the Dons after "weighing up" and "having a lot to consider", embarrassing them in the process,[38][39] the next day, in an interview, McInnes said "he wasn't prepared to walk away" from the Dons and also saying he was "really happy and didn't want to tarnish relationships."[40]

On 16 December, Gary Mackay-Steven scored his first senior hat-trick in a 4–1 win against Hibernian.[41]

On 28 December, the Dons re-signed Niall McGinn on a three and a half year contract after he terminated his contract with Gwangju,[42] he will officially rejoin the club on 1 January 2018.[43]

January[edit]

On 9 January, Greg Tansey was loaned out to Ross County,[44] this freed a space in the squad to make a signing the following day, Chidi Nwakali, joining on loan from Manchester City.[45]

During the Scottish Football winter break, and as in the previous year, the Dons headed off to Dubai for a week of winter training and played against Uzbekistan side Lokomotiv Tashkent in a friendly in which they lost 2–0.[46]

Before the Scottish Cup match against St Mirren, Craig Storie was released and Frank Ross signed a new deal until 2019 and then immediately loaned to Greenock Morton until the end of the season.[47]

Shortly after the 4–1 Scottish Cup win against St Mirren,[48] it was confirmed that Kenny McLean had signed for Norwich City for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £200,000, but would stay at the Dons until the end of the season.[49]

February[edit]

On 8 February, Gary Mackay-Steven won the Scottish Cup Goal of the Fourth round award for his sensational strike in the previous month’s 4–1 win against St Mirren.[50]

On 11 February, Aberdeen qualified for the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup by, in the end, convincingly beating Dundee United 4–2.[51]

After regaining second place in the League, Aberdeen lost 2–0 at Hibernian[52] and then lost at home to Celtic by the same scoreline.[53] This was the tenth time in a row that Aberdeen had lost to Celtic under Brendan Rodgers.[54]

On 28 February, after overnight snow and the storm "Beast from the East",[55] Aberdeen's match at Motherwell's Fir Park was postponed.[56]

March[edit]

After signing a new deal in October[25], on 7 March, defender Scott McKenna signed another contract extension until 2023.[57]

On 12 March, midfielders Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie, and for the first time defender Scott McKenna, were called up to the Scotland squad for friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.[58] McKenna earned his first cap by starting the match against Costa Rica and played the full 90 minutes.[59]

On 13 March, winger Scott Wright was called up for the Scotland Under 21s.[60]

April[edit]

Without suspended trio captain Graeme Shinnie, previously ever-present Kenny McLean and right back Shay Logan,[61] Aberdeen lost to Motherwell 3–0 in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park,[62] after the match, manager Derek McInnes criticised his own recruitment this season.[63]

On 24 April, after the plans had been put on hold,[64] Aberdeen were granted official planning permission to start on the new stadium at Kingsford.[65]

On 25 April, defender Scott McKenna was nominated for Scottish Young Player of the Year.[66]

On 26 April, Aberdeen youth lost the Scottish Youth Cup final to Hibernian youth 3–1 at Hampden Park.[67]

May[edit]

On 5 May, the Dons announced Hamilton Academical youth Lewis Ferguson would be joining the club on 1 July 2018, paying a development fee.[68]

On 6 May, it was announced that former two-time European Cup winning Manager Sir Alex Ferguson underwent an emergency surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage.[69]

After drawing at home to Rangers[70] and the following day Hearts beating Hibernian, Aberdeen sealed European qualification for the fifth season in a row.[71]

On 10 May, at the Aberdeen FC awards event, Scott McKenna won the player, young player, and goal of the season awards.[72]

On 13 May, on the final day of the season, the Dons won at Celtic Park for the first time in the league since 2004[73] and also kept a clean sheet there for the first time since 1994, securing runners-up spot in the process with a 1–0 win thanks to a goal from Andrew Considine.[74]

On 14 May, defender Scott McKenna, midfielders Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean and Ryan Christie and were called up to the Scotland squad for friendlies against Peru and Mexico.[75]

On the squad for next season, goalie Danny Rogers signed a new 2-year deal, the club announced the loaned players returned to their clubs respectively, and that Nicky Maynard, Kári Árnason, and Daniel Harvie had left the club after their contracts had expired.[76]

Results & fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

Scottish Premiership[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Aberdeen qualified for the second preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League by finishing second in the 2016-17 Scottish Premiership.

Qualifying phase[edit]

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of 13 May 2018
No. Pos Player Premiership Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Joe Lewis 31 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 39 0
2 DF England Shay Logan 37 2 4 0 2 0 4 0 47 2
3 DF Scotland Graeme Shinnie (c) 36 2 4 1 2 0 4 1 46 4
4 DF Scotland Andrew Considine 30+2 3 4 0 2 0 4 0 42 3
5 DF Republic of Ireland Anthony O'Connor 37+1 2 4 0 2 0 5 0 49 2
6 DF Scotland Mark Reynolds 6+6 1 4 0 2 0 1 0 19 1
7 MF Scotland Kenny McLean 37 8 4 0 2 1 4 2 47 11
8 FW Scotland Greg Stewart 16+12 3 3+1 1 0+1 0 2+1 0 36 4
9 FW Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney 16+19 9 1+1 0 0+1 0 5 2 43 11
10 FW England Nicky Maynard 2+18 0 1+3 0 1 0 0+1 0 26 0
11 MF Scotland Gary Mackay-Steven 22+9 5 4 1 1+1 0 3+2 3 42 9
14 DF Iceland Kári Árnason 16+5 3 0+1 0 0+1 0 2 0 25 3
15 FW Scotland Scott Wright 6+8 1 0+2 0 1 0 0 0 17 1
17 MF Northern Ireland Niall McGinn 10+1 2 0 0 0 0 3+2 0 16 2
18 DF England Dominic Ball 9+6 0 0 0 1 0 1+1 0 18 0
19 DF Scotland Scott McKenna 30 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 34 3
20 GK Republic of Ireland Danny Rogers 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
21 DF Scotland Daniel Harvie 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 3 0
22 MF Scotland Ryan Christie 28+4 4 4 2 2 0 4 2 42 8
23 MF Nigeria Chidi Nwakali 3+2 0 0 0 0 0 1+2 0 8 0
24 FW Scotland Connor McLennan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW England Sam Cosgrove 4+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 6 0
30 GK England Freddie Woodman 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 7 0
31 FW Scotland Bruce Anderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK Republic of Ireland David Craddock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 MF Scotland Dean Campbell 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
83 FW Scotland Stevie May 24+4 5 0 0 1 0 2+2 0 33 5
Players who left the club or left on loan during the season
16 MF England Greg Tansey 8+1 0 1+2 0 1+1 0 0 0 14 0
17 FW England Jayden Stockley 0 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
23 MF Scotland Craig Storie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF Scotland Frank Ross 1+3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
39 FW England Miles Storey 0+1 1 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0 3 1

Goalscorers[edit]

As of 13 May 2018

Ranking Nation Number Name Scottish Premiership Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup Total
1 Scotland 7 Kenny McLean 8 0 1 2 11
= Republic of Ireland 9 Adam Rooney 9 0 0 2 11
3 Scotland 11 Gary Mackay-Steven 5 1 0 3 9
4 Scotland 22 Ryan Christie 4 2 0 2 8
5 Scotland 83 Stevie May 5 0 0 0 5
6 Scotland 3 Graeme Shinnie 2 1 0 1 4
= Scotland 4 Andrew Considine 4 0 0 0 4
= Scotland 8 Greg Stewart 3 1 0 0 4
9 Iceland 14 Kári Árnason 3 0 0 0 3
= Scotland 19 Scott McKenna 3 0 0 0 3
11 England 2 Shay Logan 2 0 0 0 2
= Republic of Ireland 5 Anthony O'Connor 2 0 0 0 2
= Northern Ireland 17 Niall McGinn 2 0 0 0 2
14 Scotland 6 Mark Reynolds 1 0 0 0 1
= Scotland 15 Scott Wright 1 0 0 0 1
= Scotland 25 Frank Ross 1 0 0 0 1
= England 39 Miles Storey 1 0 0 0 1
Own Goal 1 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 56 5 1 10 72

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 13 May 2018

Number Nation Position Name Premiership Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
2 England DF Shay Logan 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 1
3 Scotland DF Graeme Shinnie 15 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
4 Scotland DF Andrew Considine 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
5 Republic of Ireland DF Anthony O'Connor 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
7 Scotland MF Kenny McLean 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
8 Scotland FW Greg Stewart 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
9 Republic of Ireland FW Adam Rooney 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
10 England FW Nicky Maynard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
11 Scotland MF Gary Mackay-Steven 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
14 Iceland DF Kári Árnason 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
15 Scotland MF Scott Wright 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 England MF Greg Tansey 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
17 England FW Jayden Stockley 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 England DF Dominic Ball 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 Scotland DF Scott McKenna 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
22 Scotland MF Ryan Christie 4 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 8 1
23 Nigeria MF Chidi Nwakali 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
27 England FW Sam Cosgrove 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
83 Scotland DF Stevie May 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
TOTALS 67 3 6 0 2 0 13 0 88 3

Team statistics[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic (C) 38 24 10 4 73 25 +48 82 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round[b]
2 Aberdeen 38 22 7 9 56 37 +19 73 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Rangers 38 21 7 10 76 50 +26 70 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Hibernian 38 18 13 7 62 46 +16 67
5 Kilmarnock 38 16 11 11 49 47 +2 59
Source: Soccerway BBC
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-off (only if deciding champion, UEFA competitions qualification and second stage group allocation).[84]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams play each other three times (33 matches) before the league is split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six).
  2. ^ Celtic qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round by winning the 2017–18 Scottish Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot in the second qualifying round normally awarded to the Scottish Cup winners was passed down to Aberdeen, who in turn passed their spot in the first qualifying round, earned by finishing second in the league, was passed down to fourth placed league finisher, Hibernian.

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H A A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A A H H A A H H H A
Result W W W W D D W W W P L W D L W L W W W L W D L W W W L L P D W W L W W D D W
Position 3 4 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 2
Last updated: 13 May 2018 (UTC).
Source: Competitive matches

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Hearts played this home match at Murrayfield Stadium, instead of their regular stadium Tynecastle due to ongoing renovations.
  2. ^ Match postponed due to Rangers involvement in the League Cup.
  3. ^ a b Rearranged game after postponement.
  4. ^ Match postponed due to heavy snow as per SPFL.
  5. ^ Apollon Limassol play their home matches at AEK Arena - Georgios Karapatakis, Larnaca, instead of their regular stadium Tsirio Stadium, Limassol.

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