Aberdeen's boss hopes the return of the 23-year-old striker from a hernia injury helps his shot-shy side following a goalless draw against Dundee United.
The Dons had a better first half but failed to pass the ball over
. However, the former
had the best of the chances to break the deadlock.
return as the Dons couldn’t provide sufficient goals in his absence:
“He was outstanding in training to the point where we considered putting him in.
“It was good to get him back on the pitch. He’ll have to have a really good week to get him as right as he can be for the Rangers game next Sunday, but hopefully he takes confidence from getting on the pitch.
“Hopefully he can pick up where he left off and be an important player for us, and him being back is a big boost for us.”
picked up a knock in the warmup, he was replaced by the 17-year-old defender,
in Dundee’s lineup at Pittodrie. United manager,
, praised the club’s youth system.
The 48-year-old manager said:
“A big part of the recruitment for the first team is our academy. We have to stay strong and true to that, and when we get opportunities to put them in, we do that.
“We try to prepare them physically, mentally and technically in the best way we can so that they can come in and do what he did today. He was fantastic today and so was Louis Appere, who’s only a young lad as well and he led the line along with Lawrence Shankland.
“These are the kind of things that we have to have happening in order to keep the club moving forward into the Dundee United that we all want to see.”