Kenny McLean asks Aberdeen fans not to boo returning Rangers star

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Kenny McLean has called for Aberdeen fans to take it easy on returning star Ryan Jack.

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Ryan Jack has been called up to the Scotland squad. Picture: SNS

Ryan Jack has been called up to the Scotland squad. Picture: SNS

The 25-year-old will come back to Pittodrie for the first time since leaving for rivals Rangers when Scotland host the Netherlands on Thursday evening.

Jack decided to sign for his boyhood heroes after his contract at Aberdeen expired and has already drawn the wrath of his former supporters on social media.

McLean, who also intends to leave the club on a free transfer next summer, hopes supporters will remember Jack’s contribution during his seven-year career in Scotland’s North East, and not the manner of his departure.

He said: “I would like to think Jack would get a good reception, though he knows he won’t get that from everyone.

“It wasn’t great when he left, but he served the club well, he was club captain and he won a cup with us.

“He did excellently for the team and the criticism he received was a bit unfair.

“He let the club know he was going to leave, same as another couple of the boys at that time.

“But he’ll be able to handle it. He’s playing at a massive club now and he’ll be used to expectations.

“He’s representing his country, so he’ll do as well as he can and he’ll have to deal with it.”

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