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Scotland manager Strachan: McInnes has breathed life back into Aberdeen

Scotland national team boss Gordon Strachan has heaped praise on Derek McInnes for the job he has done at Aberdeen.

The former Greenock Morton and West Bromwich Albion midfielder has guided the Dons to second spot in the Scottish Premiership this season as well as delivering to Pittodrie the League Cup after 19 years without a trophy.

Strachan was a key player for Aberdeen back in their glory days in the 1970s and 80s and has been buoyed by the change that ex-Bristol City boss McInnes has made in the Granite City.

"Derek, with his coaching staff and players, have brought Aberdeen alive again," he said.

"I was at the (Scottish Cup) final in Glasgow and in the morning of the game the place was full of Aberdeen fans, the stadium was full and it was fantastic.

"I went to see them in the semi-final at Tynecastle and the atmosphere was unbelievable.

"So not only has Derek done a great job for Aberdeen, he has done a great job for Scottish football, in that he is filling stadiums with Aberdeen fans which is fantastic and the fact that they have won a trophy after few years of not winning anything, is terrific."

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