Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes expects Miles Storey to be a major success at Partick Thistle – but hopes the former Dons forward is still waiting to break his duck for his new side after today’s meeting at Firhill.
Storey’s disappointing time at Pittodrie came to an end earlier this month when he made the move to the Jags following the arrival of Stevie May to the Dons.
The Englishman had joined the Dons in a two-year deal last summer but scored only two goals in 22 appearances last term.
But McInnes fully expects Storey to kick-start his career at Firhill. He said: “As soon as we were knocked out of Europe we gave Miles the green light to go.
“We had to be fair to him and let him play regular football.
“He chose Partick over one of two others that were interested in him and I think he has chosen wisely.
“I think he will score goals.
“He is a confidence player and I have no doubt he will do well.
“He has real pace that can worry defenders and he is the type of player who thrives in a counter-attacking team.”
Scott Wright scored a hat-trick as the Dons thumped Partick 6-0 when the sides last met at Firhill on the final day of last season but McInnes expects a much tighter tussle this afternoon.
The Maryhill men are without a point from their opening three matches but McInnes is wary of Alan Archibald’s side.
He added: “They’ve had a tough run of opening games. They have played Hibernian at Easter Road, St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park and faced Celtic at home. That isn’t the easiest.
“I saw them two weeks ago when they won 3-0 at St Johnstone in the League Cup and they were very good on the night.
“They deservedly went through.
“Although Alan will be disappointed with the results in the league, I actually see them very similar to what they’ve always been.
“There’s a familiarity about them.
“They’re hard-working, they’re organised and they set out to try and impose their style on the opposition.
“They’ve got players who can hurt you on their day and I think they’ll be every bit a challenge as they’ve always been.”