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Langfield in the telegraph


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Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, asked to assess what has been a season of underachievement at Pittodrie, perhaps unwisely compared manager Mark McGhee’s first year at the helm with Tony Mowbray’s calamitous spell in charge at Parkhead.


It’s a comparison which doesn’t flatter McGhee, who arrived last summer with a reservoir of goodwill dating back to his time as the spearhead of the Dons team which won the European Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1983 under the tutelage of Alex Ferguson.


Defeat at Kilmarnock, however, on Sunday ensured that the Dons would not finish in the top six for the first time since Steve Paterson took them to second bottom in 2004.


Langfield is at a loss to explain why performances and results have been so variable and now simply wants to guarantee that Aberdeen will retain their Scottish Premier League status.


Considering they are nine points clear of bottom club Falkirk with only seven fixtures remaining, that task should not be beyond them but it’s a case of safety first for the 30 year-old.


“A new manager has come in and it’s the same as Tony Mowbray at Celtic – nobody saw that coming,†he said.


“The new manager arrived, these things have happened and we’re all disappointed. We’ve let each other and the manager down. Why have we been inconsistent?


“Honestly, we’ve been over that so many times this season: we’ve wracked our brains and we just can’t understand how we can compete with Celtic and take four points off Rangers yet come to places like Kilmarnock, Falkirk and Hamilton and struggle.


“I wouldn’t say it’s unacceptable for us to be in the bottom six because no one has a divine right to succeed but a club our size should be in the top six.â€


Aberdeen face runaway league leaders Rangers at Ibrox on Wednesday night. The 2-0 defeat at Rugby Park means they haven’t won away from home since January and provoked a heated debate between McGhee and his squad.


“Afterwards we spoke about the game and what we need to do,†said Langfield. “We have difficult games coming up.


“It wasn’t about one game anyway: it’s been about the full season. This is the nitty-gritty part for clubs and we need to go to Ibrox on Wednesday.


“We’re stuck in the bottom six now and we’ll be facing teams who are fighting for their lives at the bottom and we need to make sure that we’re not one of them. We had a good win against St Mirren last week and came down here buzzing but Kilmarnock had more determination than we did.


“That was disappointing and hopefully we can rectify that against Rangers. We’ve been in the top six ever since I’ve been at the club and these are the games you want to be involved in, when the title and European places are at stake.


“However, relegation is a massive thing and we don’t want to be involved in that so we need to start getting points on the board and finish as high up the table as we possibly can.â€


McGhee is convinced of the need to radically transform his playing staff. Langfield would prefer to survive the forthcoming clear-out but, as one of the club’s most saleable assets, he may be sacrificed in order to fund new signings. Either way, he’s anxious to prove his worth between now and the end of the season.


“We’re the people who got us into this position and now we’ve got to roll our sleeves up and win our mini-league by finishing seventh,†he said.


“The seven games we have left must be used to get some of our pride back. There will be boys moving out in the summer and new faces coming in and I just hope we can have a right good go at it next season.


“It’s no secret: the manager has said that he wants to change a lot of the personnel and bring in a lot of new players so it’ll be interesting to read the newspapers this summer to see who he’s brought in.


“Maybe if we’d been doing our jobs properly that uncertainty wouldn’t be there and he’d be keeping everybody here but football isn’t like that.


“People move and we’re the club that’s going to have wholesale changes. Whether I stay or go is entirely up to the club.


“I can’t decide what they want to do with me but the manager knows – and I want the fans to know – that I’m totally committed to this club.


“I have another year left on my contract and if the manager wanted to speak to me about extending that then I’d be very happy to take that call. But that’s entirely up to him.â€


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KEEPER Jamie Langfield was today reassured Aberdeen FC have no plans to sell him in the summer.


Langfield who still has a year left on his contract, had expressed fears he could be moved on to raise funds for new signings.


McGhee intends to gut the squad in the summer after failing to make the SPL’s top six for the first time since 2004.


But he insisted he is not considering cashing in on the keeper, who will face Rangers at Ibrox tonight.


Read more: http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/1678932#ixzz0kPwbnpqH

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