24 November 2019 10:35
Andy Considine will be the centre of attention at McDiarmid Park tomorrow as he joins an elite group of players to have played 500 games for Aberdeen – but it is silverware he craves more than tributes. One-club Considine, now 32, has served the Dons with distinction since making his debut as a 17-year-old – but all he has is one League Cup winner's medal. He said: "We need another trophy. We've been within touching distance and been serious contenders every year. "It was disappointing going out early in the League Cup to Hearts but I feel, despite the changes every season, the boys who have come in have the same mentality and hunger to do well.
"A club like Aberdeen deserves to be in finals. We were notorious for winning trophies a while back and it's only myself, Niall and Shay who are still here from when we won the League Cup and we're desperate and hungry for more. "Hopefully when the Scottish Cup comes around we can do well. "Celtic have been incredible in recent years but it has got to stop at some point and hopefully it is soon." Considine will be 34 when his current contract expires and, while he has no plans on calling time on his career any time soon, he is forging ahead with his plans after his playing days. He said: "I've done my B licence in coaching and will be doing my A licence in the summer.
I have helped out with the youth teams so that is the route I'm going down. The aim is to be a manager one day." Clearly in reaching 500 games Considine has proven himself to be the great survivor at Pittodrie. He has faced annual challenges for his place but has seen off all comers – including former captain Graeme Shinnie – to remain a firm fixture in manager Derek McInnes's side. Considine said: "Shinnie was the biggest challenge but I've had to prove myself to every manager. "When Graeme signed on a pre-contract it was always in the back of my mind that this could potentially be it but I trained as hard as possible and tried to be as consistent as possible. Competition is great in a club and it has certainly kept me on my toes over the year. "If you can perform consistently there is no reason for the manager to leave you out. I'm still here and still fighting." As for his imminent milestone appearance at St Johnstone tomorrow, he is trying to make the occasion as routine as possible. He said: "It doesn't feel that different. It's a league game and yes, if I play, it will be my 500th appearance and I will have more family and friends there than usual. "It will still be a difficult game regardless." Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes confirmed he will not risk loan defender Zak Vyner in tomorrow's trip to St Johnstone. The Bristol City loanee is set to be left out of the squad due to a shoulder injury. Vyner suffered the injury in a collision at training and was ruled out of the 3-1 win at Ross County prior to the international break. McInnes will not rush Vyner back but is confident he will be fit to face St Mirren next weekend. He said: "Zak is close for the St Johnstone game but bearing his shoulder in mind we felt we would get a full week's training into him. "That way it would get him ready for the St Mirren game." Aberdeen's international contingent all returned fit from duty with their countries. Scott McKenna and Mikey Devlin were away with Scotland with Lewis Ferguson, Dean Campbell and Connor McLennan on Under-21 duty. Winger Niall McGinn was with the Northern Ireland squad. Fellow winger Ryan Hedges was a late call-up to the Wales squad who secured qualification for the Euro 2020 finals. McInnes said: "There are no issues with the lads who were away on international duty. "Niall had a wee bit of tightness in his hamstring after the first few days of training but it came to nothing. "Ethan Ross picked up a thigh strain which will keep him out tomorrow but it is nothing too serious. "Other than that we are where we were with the squad." During the international break there were reports linking Stoke City new boss Michael O'Neill with a potential January swoop for leading Reds scorer Sam Cosgrove. There were also reports Rangers were planning a swoop for midfielder Lewis Ferguson, but only if they sell on Glen Kamara for a healthy fee. McInnes said: "You always get more speculation in international breaks because there is nothing else to write about other than the national team. Aberdeen travel to St Johnstone tomorrow looking to build upon a run of three straight victories prior to the international break. That resurgence in form elevated Aberdeen to third in the Premiership table. He said: "We won three games before the international break and want to keep that going. "After a challenging start St Johnstone look like they have maybe found their way a little with a couple of good results. "Then they lost a sore one to Hibs but Hibs played well. "I am sure they will find that consistency as there are a lot of good players at St Johnstone. "We just have to make sure they start that after our game against them." When does St. Johnstone vs Aberdeen kick off? Where is St. Johnstone vs Aberdeen being played? McDiarmid Park What TV channel is St. Johnstone vs Aberdeen on in the UK? Where can I stream St. Johnstone vs Aberdeen in the UK? Where can I get tickets for St. Johnstone vs Aberdeen? St. Johnstone – Aberdeen – -GB/categories/away%20games What was the score in the last meeting between St. Johnstone & Aberdeen? Aberdeen 1-1 St. Johnstone