2016–17 Aberdeen F.C. season

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Aberdeen
2016–17 season
ChairmanStewart Milne
ManagerDerek McInnes
GroundPittodrie Stadium
Aberdeen, Scotland
(Capacity: 20,866)
Scottish PremiershipRunner-up
Scottish League CupRunner-up
Europa LeagueThird qualifying round
Scottish CupRunner-up
Top goalscorerLeague: Rooney (12)
All: Rooney (20)
Highest home attendance19,332 vs Rangers
Scottish Premiership
9 April 2017
Lowest home attendance8,195 vs Kilmarnock
Scottish Premiership
6 December 2016
Average home league attendance12,640

The 2016–17 Aberdeen F.C. season was Aberdeen's 103rd season in the top flight of Scottish football and the fourth in the Scottish Premiership. Aberdeen also competed in the League Cup and the Scottish Cup.

Aberdeen also competed in qualifying for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.[1]

Summary[edit]

August[edit]

Aberdeen were knocked out of the Europa League by Maribor in the Third qualifying round.[2]

They were then boosted when top-scorer from last season Adam Rooney signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2020.[3]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

Aberdeen reached the League Cup Final but lost 3–0 to Celtic.[4]

December[edit]

After the Cup final loss, McInnes became under pressure after a poor run of results in December which included an abandoned match at home against Motherwell.[5]

However, the Dons ended 2016 with 3 wins out of their last 3 matches in the year, keeping the same starting line-up in all 3 matches, easing pressure on McInnes.[6]

January[edit]

Graeme Shinnie boosted the Dons signing on an extra year to his contract.[7]

February[edit]

On 6 February, Niall McGinn was awarded SPFL January Goal of the Month for his goal against Dundee.[8]

After 3 bids were rejected in the January transfer window by Cardiff City,[9] on 7 February Jonny Hayes signed a new contract extension to keep him at the club until 2019.[10]

On 14 February, Andrew Considine signed a new contract to also keep him at the club until 2019.[11]

March[edit]

On 9 March, English League One side Milton Keynes Dons announced that Peter Pawlett had signed a pre-contract deal to join the club at the end of the 2016–17 season.[12]

On 29 March, Jonny Hayes earned his first start for Ireland in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Iceland.[13]

On 30 March, Greg Tansey signed a pre-contract 3-year deal to join the club from Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the end of the 2016–17 season.[14]

April[edit]

On 7 April, manager Derek McInnes won SPFL March Manager of the Month after reaching the Scottish Cup Semi-final and beating Dundee 7-0.[15]

On 15 April, Aberdeen secured Europa League football for next season with a hard-fought win over St Johnstone in Perth.[16]

On 22 April, Aberdeen reached the Scottish Cup final for the first time in 17 years with victory over holders Hibernian.[17]

May[edit]

On 2 May, Jonny Hayes was shortlisted for player of the year in the PFA Scotland awards.[18]

On 4 May, Derek McInnes was shortlisted for manager of the year in the PFA Scotland awards.[19]

On 5 May, Joe Lewis, Shay Logan, Kenny McLean and Jonny Hayes all made the PFA Scotland's Premiership team of the year.[20]

On 7 May, Aberdeen all but secured the Runners-up spot in the Premiership with a 2-1 win against Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle Stadium.[21]

On 12 May, Dean Campbell was introduced as a substitute against Celtic, becoming the club's youngest-ever player[22] (a record previously held by Jack Grimmer).[23]

On 17 May, Aberdeen defeated Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox Stadium, their first victory at that stadium since 1991.[24] The result also mathematically confirmed Aberdeen's second place in the final league table.

On 21 May, teenager Scott Wright scored his first senior hat-trick to end the league season with a 6-0 win against Partick Thistle at Firhill.[25]

On 24 May, Derek McInnes announced that Graeme Shinnie would captain the Dons in the Scottish Cup Final,[26] after it was announced that Ryan Jack was leaving the club.[27]

On 27 May, the Dons lost the Scottish Cup Final to Celtic, their sixth, in total, defeat to them this season against what was "The Invincibles".[28][29]

Results & fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Scottish Premiership[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Aberdeen qualified for the first preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League by finishing second in the 2015-16 Scottish Premiership.

Qualifying phase[edit]

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Joe Lewis was the only player to have played every minute of this season.

Appearances[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premiership Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Joe Lewis 53 0 38 0 6 0 4 0 5 0
2 DF England Shay Logan 53 4 37+1 2 6 1 4 0 5 1
3 DF Scotland Graeme Shinnie 52 3 36+1 2 6 0 4 0 5 1
4 DF Scotland Andrew Considine 51 6 36 6 6 0 4 0 5 0
5 DF Wales Ash Taylor 44 3 28+3 3 6 0 2 0 5 0
6 DF Scotland Mark Reynolds 38 0 22+4 0 4+1 0 2+1 0 4 0
7 MF Scotland Kenny McLean 53 5 37+1 4 5+1 0 4 1 5 0
8 MF Scotland Ryan Christie 15 7 7+6 6 0 0 0 0 1+1 1
9 FW Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney 53 20 32+6 12 4+2 3 3+1 2 4+1 3
10 MF Northern Ireland Niall McGinn 50 14 30+6 10 5 1 3+1 1 4+1 2
11 MF Republic of Ireland Jonny Hayes 44 11 32 9 5 1 2 0 5 1
15 DF Republic of Ireland Anthony O'Connor 41 3 25+7 3 1 0 4 0 0+4 0
16 MF Scotland Peter Pawlett 21 3 6+11 3 1 0 0+1 0 1+1 0
17 FW England Jayden Stockley 39 6 8+19 5 4+2 1 1+2 0 2+1 0
22 MF Scotland Ryan Jack (c) 37 2 23+1 2 6 0 2+1 0 4 0
25 GK Scotland Neil Alexander 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 FW Scotland Scott Wright 8 3 1+4 3 0+1 0 0 0 0+2 0
27 MF Scotland Frank Ross 4 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
29 FW Scotland Connor McLennan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF Scotland Bruce Anderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF Scotland Sebastian Ross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 FW England Miles Storey 18 1 2+12 1 0+2 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
47 MF Scotland Dean Campbell 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club during the 2016–17 season
8 MF Republic of Ireland Willo Flood (contract terminated - joined Dundee United) 2 0 0 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
8 FW Wales Wes Burns (end of loan spell) 21 1 7+6 0 1+3 1 2+2 0 0 0
18 DF Republic of Ireland Callum Morris (released - joined Dunfermline Athletic) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF England James Maddison (end of loan spell) 17 2 10+4 2 0 0 3 0 0 0
Players who left the club on loan during the 2016–17 season
14 FW Scotland Cammy Smith (on loan to St Mirren) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF Scotland Craig Storie (on loan to St Mirren) 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 FW England Joe Nuttall (on loan to Dumbarton) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 FW Scotland Lawrence Shankland (on loan to Greenock Morton) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 DF Scotland Scott McKenna (on loan to Ayr United) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
28 DF Scotland Daniel Harvie (on loan to Dumbarton) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 GK Republic of Ireland Danny Rogers (on loan to Falkirk) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK Australia Aaron Lennox (on loan to Raith Rovers) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
50 GK Scotland Robbie Mutch (on loan to Arbroath) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

Ranking Nation Number Name Scottish Premiership Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup Total
1 Republic of Ireland 9 Adam Rooney 12 3 2 3 20
2 Northern Ireland 10 Niall McGinn 10 1 1 2 14
3 Republic of Ireland 11 Jonny Hayes 9 1 0 1 11
4 Scotland 8 Ryan Christie 6 0 0 1 7
5 Scotland 4 Andrew Considine 6 0 0 0 6
England 17 Jayden Stockley 5 1 0 0 6
7 Scotland 7 Kenny McLean 4 0 1 0 5
8 England 2 Shay Logan 2 1 0 1 4
9 Scotland 3 Graeme Shinnie 2 0 0 1 3
Wales 5 Ash Taylor 3 0 0 0 3
Republic of Ireland 15 Anthony O'Connor 3 0 0 0 3
Scotland 16 Peter Pawlett 3 0 0 0 3
Scotland 26 Scott Wright 3 0 0 0 3
14 Scotland 22 Ryan Jack 2 0 0 0 2
England 23 James Maddison 2 0 0 0 2
16 Wales 8 Wes Burns 0 1 0 0 1
England 39 Miles Storey 1 0 0 0 1
Own Goal 1 0 1 1 3
TOTALS 74 8 5 10 97

Disciplinary record[edit]

Number Nation Position Name Premiership Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
1 England GK Joe Lewis 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2 England DF Shay Logan 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
3 Scotland DF Graeme Shinnie 11 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 15 0
4 Scotland DF Andrew Considine 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
5 Wales DF Ash Taylor 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
6 Scotland DF Mark Reynolds 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
7 Scotland MF Kenny McLean 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
8 Wales MF Wes Burns 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 Republic of Ireland MF Willo Flood 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 Republic of Ireland FW Adam Rooney 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
10 Northern Ireland MF Niall McGinn 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
11 Republic of Ireland MF Jonny Hayes 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
15 Republic of Ireland DF Anthony O'Connor 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
16 Scotland MF Peter Pawlett 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
17 England FW Jayden Stockley 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3
22 Scotland MF Ryan Jack 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 6 1
23 England MF James Maddison 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
26 Scotland FW Scott Wright 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 58 4 13 1 5 0 3 0 79 5

Team statistics[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic (C) 38 34 4 0 106 25 +81 106 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round[b]
2 Aberdeen 38 24 4 10 74 35 +39 76 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
3 Rangers 38 19 10 9 56 44 +12 67 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 St Johnstone 38 17 7 14 50 46 +4 58
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 12 10 16 55 52 +3 46
Source: Scottish Premiership, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-off (only if deciding champion, UEFA competitions qualification and second stage group allocation).[34]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
  2. ^ Since the winners of the 2016–17 Scottish Cup, Celtic, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the Scottish cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the second-placed team and the spot awarded to the second-placed team (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the fourth-placed team.

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Game postponed due to League Cup Semi-final match with Greenock Morton.
  2. ^ Game postponed due to League Cup Final match with Celtic.
  3. ^ Rearranged game after postponement
  4. ^ a b Rearranged game after postponement
  5. ^ Match abandoned due to floodlight failure
  6. ^ a b c Second loan spell

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