ABERDEEN are not the only side with team-building problems to solve before next season (writes James Forbes). Rangers’ form at Pittodrie made it difficult to believe that they had finished as runners-up to Hibs in the Scottish League.
Gardiner’s display in the centre proved just how much Willie Thornton has meant to the Light Blues this season, but their forwards as a whole were no better than the Aberdeen lot.
Ian Rodger got one chance to add to his big tally of goals this season and he took it. For the rest of the game he was merely an onlooker, as his colleagues persisted in giving him the ball in the air, which was a stupid policy with Woodburn in opposition.
SMITH gets full credit for being a versatile player, but it seems obvious that right back is not the position he likes best. Newlands, apart from one or two flashes, was usually outwitted by the clever positional play of Jock Shaw, Rangers’ buoyant veteran.
Outstanding player afield was undoubtedly lan McColl, who was strong in the tackle and invariably beat a man before passinq accurately. Too often his work was undone by the weakness of the men in front.
Thomson was Aberdeen's outstanding player, and Martin was safe in goal. But it was game best forgotten by both sides.
Source: Evening Express, 21st April 1952
Aberdeen Teamsheet Martin
Niven, Young, Shaw, McColl, Woodburn, Cox, Waddell, Neillands, Gardiner, Prentice, Liddell
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: D. McIntosh, Inverness