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Aberdeen’s Andy Considine says player of the year prize is ‘very special’

Aberdeen's Andrew Considine leads the team out at McDiarmid Park for his 500th club appearance.
Aberdeen's Andrew Considine leads the team out at McDiarmid Park for his 500th club appearance.

Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine said winning the club’s player of the year awards meant the world to him.

The 33-year-old was named AFC player of the year and players’ player of the year for the 2019-20 campaign.

Considine chipped in with six goals in 39 appearances during an impressive campaign and was tipped for a maiden Scotland call-up for the Euro 2020 play-off against Israel in March before football was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

He said: “I am truly honoured to receive the award.

“Reaching my 500th appearance for this great club was incredible.

“Winning the player of the year award is very special.

“The fans have been there in their numbers, home and away, throughout the season and supporting us through thick and thin.

“I want to thank them for the support. The award means the world to me. Hopefully before the end of the year we will get to see the fans back at Pittodrie.”

The left-sided defender described making his 500th appearance for the Dons against St Johnstone in November as a highlight.

He said: “It was an incredible moment. I had the whole family there which was great and I was captain that day which was really special. The game was almost a blur but it’s always special to get the captain’s armband and to do it on my 500th game was incredible.”

Midfielder Dean Campbell was named Aberdeen’s young player of the year with the award selected by manager Derek McInnes and his coaching team.

Derek McInnes and his coaching team declared Dean Campbell the young player of the season.

Striker Michael Ruth, won the development player of the year gong.

For the second year in a row, Lewis Ferguson scored the goal of the season.

The former Hamilton player won the 2018-19 accolade for his Europa League effort against Burnley and followed that up by winning the 2019-20 award for his Scottish Cup strike against St Mirren in February.

Ferguson said: “Last year I said my top three was the goal against Burnley, the Rangers goal and the overhead kick against Livingston.

“I enjoyed that one against St Mirren. There was a lot of pressure going into the game and the goal was early in the game and it gave us a bit of breathing space. We managed to get through so it is right up there.”

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