McInnes warns Reds are not made of money for transfer splash

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes at training in Dubai

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has rejected assertions he is flush with money to reinvest in his Aberdeen squad.

The Dons manager insists he has to be creative with the squad he has and believes any suggestions the Dons have money to throw about are well wide of the mark.

Jonny Hayes’ move to Celtic last summer earned the Dons around £1million, while the Dons also received a transfer fee for Jayden Stockley, who moved to Exeter City, while Niall McGinn, Ryan Jack, Miles Storey, Ash Taylor and Peter Pawlett all departed on free transfers.

The money received for Hayes and Stockley was reinvested, with McInnes spending £400,000 on Preston forward Stevie May and £150,000 on Celtic midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven, while Scott Wright and Scott McKenna signed new deals.

The Dons allowed Greg Tansey to join Ross County on loan earlier this week which freed up room in the budget to bring in Manchester City midfielder Chidi Nwakali until the end of the season, while McGinn has also returned to the club following an unhappy spell in South Korea.

But McInnes has warned the Dons supporters not to expect too many more arrivals before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

He said: “There is no money to spend. There seems to be this thought there is but there isn’t. We reinvested the money we got for Hayes and Stockley.

“We got £100,000 for Stockley and good money for Jonny and tried to reinvest that back into the team by being able to resign players and bring players to the club.

“But there’s no money to spend. I’ve never really had money to spend, so I’ll try to be as creative as I can within the squad.”

Keeping the core of his squad together for 2018-19 would be a lift to the Aberdeen boss, who hopes to keep Anthony O’Connor at Pittodrie beyond the end of this season and Iceland international Kari Arnason has expressed his desire to sign a new contract. That work will be made a lot easier by a positive second half to this season.

Catching Celtic again looks a tall order and Mc-Innes believes the Parkhead outfit would see it as a disappointing campaign if they did not record a second treble in a row. He said: “Celtic are so far ahead resources-wise that I think it would be seen as a disappointing campaign if they didn’t win a treble.They should be favourites in every domestic competition – huge favourites. And it’s up to the rest to find a way to stop that and get our own clubs winning something.”