McCann expects Aberdeen ‘to be fully professional’ despite week of uncertainty

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Dundee boss Neil McCann expects to face a focused Aberdeen side on Friday night following uncertainty over the future of Derek McInnes.

McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty were absent from training for two days as they discussed their future with chairman Stewart Milne following an approach from Rangers on Tuesday, but have decided to stay at Pittodrie.

Under-20s boss Paul Sheerin had been preparing the Dons for their trip to Dens Park along with first-team coach Barry Robson before McInnes announced his decision to stay on Thursday night.

But McCann, whose team have picked up seven points from their last three matches, does not expect the disruptions of the week to affect the Aberdeen players on the night.

“I couldn’t care less who comes here in the dugout,” he said. “Derek is a former team-mate of mine and a friend, but it’s the same group of players and that’s what makes the difference.

“I expect Aberdeen to be fully professional – they have a really experienced group who have tasted success with silverware and they have been consistently good.

“What happens when you have a group of players like that, no matter what happens behind the scenes at management level they can probably get themselves going.

“I don’t really care what their mindset is, as long as ours is right.”

Despite the speculation and uncertainty surrounding the club throughout the week, McCann does not believe it will have a significant bearing on the game as Dundee look to follow up wins over Rangers and Ross County.

“I don’t think it has any relevance because they are an experienced group, that have shown they can do the business on the pitch,” he said.

“I don’t see any disadvantage or advantage whatsoever in Derek McInnes’ situation.

“What I see is that my group are so hungry to get on to the pitch because they just want to carry on that good feeling at the club at the minute.”