One look at the teams for this pre-season friendly in Perth hinted at a mis-match and the gulf in resources was highlighted afterwards when Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes expressed confidence that a deal will be concluded to sign Scotland internationalist Shaun Maloney within the next 48 hours.
With the Dons boss also confirming he has begun talks aimed at capturing former St Johnstone striker Stevie May, it is clear he is being strongly backed in the transfer market this summer following his decision to turn down a move to Sunderland.
On the pitch, first-half goals from Adam Rooney, pictured, and Ryan Christie, and a late third from substitute Bruce Anderson tied up a comfortable victory for the Pittodrie side, who began with as strong a team as possible before changing all ten outfield players during the second half.
However, with the likes of Greg Tansey and Greg Stewart making impressive debuts, it is the news of further fresh recruits that will hearten the Aberdeen fans ahead of the new campaign.
“We’ve been going at Shaun’s pace, out of respect for making his decision and dealing with Hull,” said McInnes of the former Celtic player, who is out of contract with Hull City and has agreed a move back to Scottish football. “But, all going well, we’ll maybe be able to make an announcement at the beginning of the week. I’m confident of getting him but we’ve been here before – until somebody actually signs you’re not certain.”
On May, he added: “My regard for him is well-known but he’s Preston’s player. He’s somebody we’ve had conversations about with them.”
McInnes ran the rule over Turkish-German defender Berkay Dabanli, who will remain on trial with the club, but Kevin McNaughton, who turned out as a second-half trialist, is only being given training facilities with his old club.
For St Johnstone, none of the team that began Thursday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat by Lithuanians FK Trakai in the Europa League were involved in a youthful starting line-up, but manager Tommy Wright was glad for the run-out ahead of this week’s second-leg.
“It was a good exercise, against a good side,” he said as he confirmed a one-year deal has been agreed with Callum Hendry, son of Scotland legend Colin. “It certainly served its purpose from our point of view.”