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Aberdeen’s Hampden hero Lewis Ferguson in line for new Dons deal

Fergie time: The Dons midfielder heads home the winner against Rangers.
Fergie time: The Dons midfielder heads home the winner against Rangers.

Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson is set to be rewarded for his Betfred Cup semi-final heroics with a new contract.

Ferguson headed home a late winner for the Dons in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Rangers at Hampden to set up a final against Celtic on December 2.

The 19-year-old has impressed since joining the Dons from Hamilton in the summer on a four-year contract and the Dons are set to enter into negotiations with the player over a new deal.

Ferguson and Dons teammate Mikey Devlin, who was named man of the match for his display against Rangers, will line up against their former side Hamilton Accies for the first time at Pittodrie this evening.

Dons manager Derek McInnes said: “Both lads have rightly recognised the part Hamilton have played in their development.

“It was great that after the semi-final win Lewis mentioned the influence George Cairns (head of youth at Hamilton) had on him after being rejected by Rangers.

“It’s a great story for so many youngsters who are deemed not good enough and can be crestfallen after not making it somewhere.

“They can lose confidence in that situation but it shows that if people believe in you then you can go and find your level to bounce back.

“Lewis recognises that and Mikey definitely knows that as well.

“They are rightly proud of their part in their development but it happens a lot that people play against their former clubs.

“I’m sure there will be a bit more emotion in the game for them but Hamilton are trying to get three points for their club and we will be determined to win as well.

“There’s no doubt that Mikey and Lewis have a big part to play for us in making sure that happens.”

The SPFL confirmed yesterday that the Dons will receive 20,000 tickets for the Betfred Cup final against Celtic with the Hoops receiving 25,000 tickets.

The Dons released a statement saying they had “negotiated” 20,000 tickets on the basis of past attendance figures against Celtic in the 2016 League Cup final when 18,000 fans cheered on the Dons and the 2017 Scottish Cup final when 20,000 made the trip to Hampden.

Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser said: “Our supporters have been our number one priority through our discussions.

“The fans that backed the team at the semi-final were fantastic and to ensure our supporters most deserving get access to the seats they desire the board had no hesitation in securing a significant allocation of tickets. The decision to allow those that attended the semi-final to come in at the first phase of sales followed feedback from our supporters.

“We can now look forward in anticipation to an exciting League Cup final, one which we hope will spark the imagination of not just our supporters, but the city as a whole.”

 

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