Interim Aberdeen manager Paul Sheerin on decision to exclude Shay Logan from squad as right back tweets photo of golf bag while team are losing at Dundee United

Aberdeen interim manager Paul Sheerin has explained long-serving right-back Shay Logan’s absence from the squad for the defeat to Dundee United at Tannadice.

Aberdeen full back Shay Logan was playing golf while his team were losing at Tannadice (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

Logan, who is out of contract this summer, has been with Aberdeen since 2014 but has found games hard to come by recently. He raised eyebrows among fans by tweeting a picture of his golf bag while Aberdeen were in action down the east coast. Logan has not featured since coming on as substitute against Hibs last month under former manager Derek McInnes.

“It was just a decision I made,” said Sheerin. “Me and Shay had a conversation – he has not been probably playing as regularly as he would like. I had a young player in Calvin Ramsay that I may have been able to give an opportunity to in the game – granted, I would like him to have played a longer part.

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“Between us we felt that rather than drag Shay down here and not involve him he deserved the respect to know that and it was better for him to be out of the squad. We were quite amicable about that and he was happy with my decision as well.”

Ramsay came on near the end of the 1-0 defeat after replacing Tommie Hoban. The 17-year-old joined Jack MacKenzie, who started at left-back, in making his debut for the club on an otherwise forgettable afternoon for Aberdeen at Tannadice. The Pittodrie side are now seven points adrift of Hibs in the race for third place.

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