Aberdeen F.C. officlals must be worried. They have reason to be after the latest display of the team.
Saturdays team won't do. Panic changes won't help matters either, but now is the time to investigate thoroughly the playing resources of the club.
The management this season cannot be accused of reluctance to make changes, or of not giving reserve players an opportunity.
It would be a miracle if everyone agreed with all the changes that have been made, but the officials can at least claim that they have not adopted a passive attitude.
IN the six League Cup-ties and five League games played since August the club has utilised the services of twenty players.
To me there appears to be only two reasonable courses left to the officials:-
1 - Decide on an eleven and give it, say, a month's trial irrespective of results.
2 - Institute a search for new players.
To find the ready made article is not likely to prove a simple matter, and probably a combination of both policies would be the best solution.
THREE Pittodrie players - McKenna, Delaney and Bogan - have expressed a desire for a change of quarters. Perhaps if Aberdeen could find a market for this trio they will be able to arrange some sort of exchange deal.
The Dons' defence has not been satisfactory for a long time. This was emphasised by Airdrie on Saturday.
Young can be criticised for his unconvincing display at centre-half. He was the vital link in the rear division last season, and was Aberdeen's most consistent player.
YOUNG lost the place against Airdrie and the fact that he was off form left the way down the middle wide open.
There was no defence in depth. This was revealed in Technicolor when McCulloch scored the third goal. He beat Young well upfieid, out on the left and was permitted to aporoach Martin unhindered.
For the second week in succession Lowrie was the Dons' best defender. In fact, he was Aberdeen's most effective player over the ninety minutes.
The attack was not a success, although I must admit the forwards did not get any breaks. Very little might have made all the difference to the run of the game.
FOR instance, if that shot of Yorston's in the first half had landed in the net instead of striking the post the Airdrie revival might never have materialised.
The unexpected first goal near the interval "made" the Broomfield team, just as the loss of the second goal shortly after half-time finally pricked the Aberdeen bubble.
During the next two weeks the Dons are faced with away games at Dumfries and Cathkin. Every effort must be made to find a winning combine before the next home game against Rangers on Saturday, October 27.