ABERDEEN F.C will be confronted with a problem this week, when George Hamilton is expected to be fully recovered from the pulled muscle which has kept him out of the last two games.
There is no doubt that a fit Hamilton can't be left out the team, but what about lan Rodger, his deputy?
The Forfar lad verified at Ibrox the good impression created against Hearts the previous week and in entirely different playing conditions.
AT Ibrox it was a case of large areas of snow, slush and water, and Roger, in my opinion, was one of Aberdeen's three best players.
In these conditions and against Willie Woodburn, Scotland’s centre-half, Rodger did not make the mistake of holding the ball. He spread play shrewdly and made good use of the ball. On this form he, too, is too valuable a piayer to be left out of the League side.
It presents Mr David Halliday. the Dons’ manager, with a problem, and I don’t doubt he would be a happy man indeed were he faced with more problems of this type.
IN spite of the deplorable state of the ground, both Rangers and Aberdeen provided the 38,000 crowd with lively entertainment.
I have no intention of criticising any of the players. In fact, there was little or no reason for criticism. The Dons revealed fighting spirit against Hearts at Pittodrie. and they had it in abundance again at Ibrox.
I thought they were decidedly unlucky to lose both points. Only a penally goal by Young thirteen minutes from the end saved Rangers.
IT was a somewhat lucky award. Liddell fell in a joust with Thomson. There was nothing of a vicious or shady nature about the tackle. The referee, rightly under the playing conditions, had previously allowed incidents of a similar nature to go unpunished.
Mr Smith, the referee who, incidentally, has charge of the Scottish Cup-tie against Kilmarnock this week, decided the incident warranted a penalty, and I'm afraid there the matter must end.
While every man Jack was a trier against Rangers, I thought three other Aberdeen players besides Rodger were worthy of mention.
ARCHIE BAIRD in this game gave his best display of the season. The lanky inside left revealed amazing stamina and power on the "Ibrox pool,” and he scored a trimmer of a goal.
The Dons' other electric sparks were Kenny Thomson and Tony Harris. The centre-half ploughed through the snow and slush with confidence and was entirety reliable.
Harris seems to have struck his best form this season and if he continues to reveal the same power and skill at wing half in the next few weeks he may well come into the reckoning when the team to meet England is selected.
Source: Evening Express, 4th February 1952
Brown, Young, Little, McColl, Woodburn, Prentice, McCulloch, Finlay, Thornton, Paton, Liddell
Aberdeen Teamsheet Martin
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: R. J. Smith