Aberdeen look well positioned to secure their first runners-up finish in the Scottish top flight since 1994, but in order to do so, the Dons may have turn to Blackburn Rovers outcast David Goodwillie in a bid to bolster their current attacking options.
Derek McInnes’ side currently sit second in the standings, 10 points behind Celtic and just a single point above Motherwell in what is quickly shaping up to be a two-horse race for the coveted league position just behind Neil Lennon’s star-studded side.
The Dons can be backed at 6/5 with Ladbrokes in the betting without Celtic category, while the ‘Well are just behind them at a similarly enticing price of 6/4.
However, it’s the Reds that have demonstrated the more impressive form of late, winning eight of their last nine competitive games in an eye-catching run under relatively new manager McInnes.
Whether they can continue this kind of form remains to be seen though, with the Dons likely to require additional reinforcements in the coming weeks.
One man linked with a move to Pittodrie is Blackburn reject Goodwillie, who spent the first half of the campaign back on loan with former club Dundee United, scoring six goals in 22 appearances.
And while that’s unlikely to be the kind of return to propel Aberdeen on to success this term, manager McInnes will be confident that he can get the best out of the 24-year-old, who has lost his way after a big money move to England.
Back in the 2010-11 season, the striker was one of the hottest properties north of the border, scoring an impressive 17 goals in 38 appearances for the Dundee club.
But if there is one manager who can rekindle Goodwillie’s previous form it is McInnes, with the former Bristol City boss already working wonders with ‘rejects’ like Willo Flood, Calvin Zola and Barry Robson during his brief tenure with the club.
Should they secure the young Scot’s services and get him firing again, then a first runners-up finish in 20 years could be their reward.
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