Aberdeen fans toss ‘No more Celtic loans’ protest banner as Liam Scales helps give Dons FIVE-zero cup win

ABERDEEN fans weren’t afraid to show their opinion on the club’s recent recruitment strategy in their 5-0 thrashing against Stirling Albion.

The Dons are now top of Group A with three points separating them and second-placed Raith Rovers with just one game to play.


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A brace from new signing Vicente Besuijen and goals elsewhere from Christian Ramirez, Matty Kennedy and Ross McCrorie gave them all three points on the road.

But the main talking point came when a few Dons supporters unveiled a banner urging boss Jim Goodwin to stop signing Celtic players on loan after Liam Scales recently joined the club and Adam Montgomery also spent the rest of last year’s campaign in Pittodrie.

The banner read: “We are Aberdeen, no more Celtic loans.”

It wasn’t quite the reception the Irishman expected when he agreed on the season-long loan.

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But the pair may have quickly backtracked in their protest after seeing Scales help fire their side for the five-goal thrashing against the League Two side.

The Dons opened the scoring on 11 minutes as Besuijen netted a brace with McCrorie after good play from Jayden Richardson.

The Dutchman loaded the box and got going before shooting towards goal where he took a gash from the unfortunate Paul McLean as he passed Blair Currie.

Jonny Hayes came to the rescue of his team by clearing Dale Carrick’s header from the line.

The home side were forced to pay less than 120 seconds later as that Hayes man allowed the Reds to double their lead on 24 minutes.

Scales’ ball down the left saw the Irish winger play it over Ramirez to place the ball low past the exposed Currie.

Kennedy was knocked down to the edge of the area just before the half hour mark. The wide man took the blame himself and curled a superb 20-yard free kick into the top corner.

That’s two goals in two games for the Northern Ireland international and he looks like a new player under Goodwin.

The antics continued five minutes before the break as McCrorie made it four.

Hayes was the provider again as he ran on a through ball and again decided to put a teammate on the tee with the midfielder heading home.

A minute later it was five as Stirling failed to clear their lines and Besuijen slotted him into the roof of the net from 16 yards out.

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Only carpentry prevented Besuijen from grabbing a hat-trick in the 57th minute after even more superb work from Hayes, but his shot smashed the post with Currie beaten.

The Stirling keeper then denied Dons debutant Luis Lopes as he saved his first effort before his second attempt hit the bar as the game died down.

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