Derek McInnes has revealed Aberdeen’s quest for success this season will have to be made with the players he’s got as there’s no money to strengthen the squad.
The Dons manager was able to splash out £300,000 to sign midfielder Kenny McLean from St Mirren at the start of 2015, the first time in seven years the Pittodrie club had paid a transfer fee.
Now, at a time when Aberdeen are just three points behind league leaders Celtic and at the start of their Scottish Cup campaign, he’s desperate to get in a striker to ease the pressure on Adam Rooney when it comes to scoring goals.
In fact he’s already been linked with a loan move for Southampton’s young striker Sam Gallagher but despite the Pittodrie club being debt free for the first time in two decades and making an operating profit last season there is no more money available.
Even Ryan McLaughlin and Josh Parker returning to Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade respectively after unsuccessful loan spells at Pittodrie won’t help the situation much.
McInnes revealed:”The reality is we’re not looking to bring anyone in because we don’t have money to spend.
“Anything that did come in would have to be self-funded. The squad I have now was the squad we built for the rest of the season.
“Josh and Ryan have gone back to their clubs so we have lost them but they were not a huge financial outlay, we did well on both deals.
“So although they have gone back it doesn’t give us scope to bring anyone in and that’s the reality of it.
“We don’t have money to spend so we’ll go with the squad we’ve got.
“Every manager will look to add to their squad and want one or two players but I’m grateful for what I’ve got because I’ve got a competitive budget and a competitive team on the pitch every Saturday.
“It has done okay for us up until now and I have huge confidence in the squad I have here.
“We put it together for the season, not just to get us to January so while having money available would be nice, I’m relaxed about it.”