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Aberdeen’s Ryan Hedges has been ‘affected’ by transfer speculation, believes boss Stephen Glass

Ryan Hedges scores to make it 1-0 Aberdeen against Edinburgh City at Pittodrie.
Ryan Hedges scores to make it 1-0 Aberdeen against Edinburgh City at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass believes Ryan Hedges has been affected by ongoing transfer speculation.

Welsh international attacker Hedges has been linked with a move to Blackburn Rovers.

Championship Blackburn had a bid of around £400,000 for Hedges rejected by Aberdeen last summer.

Blackburn Rovers remain keen on securing Hedges with a pre-contract the preferred option.

Hedges is out of contract at Pittodrie at the end of the season.

Aberdeen tabled a bumper package in a bid to convince the attacker to stay, but he has yet to sign the new contract.

Hedges is expected to move on, either before the January transfer window closes on Monday, or at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old netted in the 3-0 Scottish Cup defeat of Edinburgh City at the weekend to take his goal tally to five for the season.

However, Glass believes Hedges ‘has not been himself’ due to the uncertainty surrounding his future.

He hopes, if the window shuts on Monday at midnight with the attacker still at Pittodrie, he can see ‘the proper Ryan Hedges again’.

Christian Ramirez celebrates his goal with Ryan Hedges, who also netted against Edinburgh City.

Glass said: “I don’t think he has been himself to be honest.

“Ryan is still with us and if it changes, it changes.

“He looks like he has been affected a touch I think.

“We will either get to the end of January and we will see the proper Ryan Hedges again, or he will be gone.

“That’s the situation as it is.”

Besuijen deal not linked to Hedges

Aberdeen signed Dutch youth international winger Vicente Besuijen from ADO Den Haag on Monday.

The 20-year-old was secured on a long-term deal until summer 2026.

Glass insists Besuijen has not been signed with a potential January departure for Hedges in mind.

New signing Vicente Besuijen of ADO Den Haag against Miguel Angel Leal of ADO Groningen

He explained: “The two things are not linked at all – no.

“Ryan’s still with us and unless any club comes up with the right money in January or he agrees a pre-contract, which we don’t officially know has happened.

“Then he’ll still be here helping us win games hopefully.”

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