By James Black
Aberdeen star Kenny McLean has revealed that he hopes Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack gets a good welcome from Scotland fans at Pittodrie on Thursday – despite ditching the Dons for a move to Ibrox in June.
Jack will return to Pittodrie for the first time since leaving Aberdeen to sign for Rangers and is expected to start at right-back for the Scots when they take on the Netherlands.
The former Aberdeen joined the Dons at the age of eight, and the 25-year-old played a huge part as the Dons ended a 20-year cup drought with the 2015 Scottish League Cup win.
McLean had admitted that not everyone at Pittodrie will be glad to see Jack return to his old stomping ground but hopes the majority of fans can put their club allegiances to one side.
“I would like to think Jacko would get a good reception, though he knows he won’t get that from everyone,” McLean said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun website.
“It wasn’t great when he left, but he served the club well, he was club captain and he won a cup with us.
“He did excellently for the team and the criticism he received was a bit unfair.
“He let the club know he was going to leave, same as another couple of the boys at that time.
“But he’ll be able to handle it. He’s playing at a massive club now and he’ll be used to expectations.”
McLean has recently confirmed to the Aberdeen management that he will be following Jack out the Pittodrie exit door when his own deal expires.
The midfielder joined the Dons from St. Mirren and has made 129 appearances in his time with the Reds.
McLean could even end up at Ibrox alongside Jack after the Glasgow giants had a bid rejected for the midfielder over the summer.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.