Aberdeen confirms Ryan Hedges move to Blackburn as Stephen Glass ‘not convinced’ by January deal


Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass has confirmed Tony Mowbray spoke to him to confirm Blackburn’s interest in Ryan Hedges.

Sport record revealed last month that the England league squad will take another step forward for the Dons star, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Aberdeen pushed back a six-figure offer from Rovers in the final window and believes Hedges would be better off staying in Pittodria than heading to Ewood Park.

Glass, when asked if he had spoken to his former Hibs boss and current Blackburn manager, Tony Mowbray, confirmed: “Yeah, I did.

“In summer but not recently. I know there is an interest in this.

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“However, he also knows our interest in keeping him here.”

Glass knows Hedges has ambitions to return to the Welsh team. He thinks that staying in Aberdeen and being a senior man here would be the best for that.

Contract talks are underway and Hedges has confirmed he has not ruled out staying at Granite City, despite interest from Blackburn and Middlesbrough.

Glass confirmed: “There was no movement. Nothing has changed.

“He knows how badly we want him to be here.

“Gunner (Steven Gunn, director of football) is in constant talks with the agent.

“I think Ryan feels loved here. I think he sees a team that is built to help him. This gives it a profile. He is another who can make his way into the international fold with his performances.

“I’m not convinced that some of the things he’s linked with will help him in this regard.”




The Pittodrie side have a streak of first-team players without a contract this summer. They include Funso Ojo, Niall McGinn, Jonny Hayes, Dylan McGeuch, and Jack Gurr.

Glass previously indicated that injured Andrew Considine will get a new deal while Mikey Devlin is also working towards full fitness again. He has a short-term contract until January, although Aberdeen has the option of extending him for the season.

Aberdeen’s recent revival was interrupted by Motherwell on Saturday. Glass knows some of their own defensive weaknesses came back to haunt them as Kevin van Veen netted a brace in the second half to seal points for the Steelmen.

Flaws in the baseline have been constant problems this season, although the Dons boss thought they were going to be a thing of the past following the wins over Hearts and Hibs and the draw with the Rangers.

Glass admitted: “A decent number of extinct players. This could be a situation that resolves quite easily.

“This is the most frustrating part because we seemed to have left that behind.

“It stays in the background and it needs to be rooted out and stay away or what happened on Saturday will result because you end up chasing after games.”

Aberdeen now has the international break to work on these shortcomings. They return with a visit to Dundee United and Glass knows they are a team they must try to get back.

He accepts that the busy holiday season will give the Dons the opportunity to move up the rankings and return to the top six.

The Aberdeen manager admitted: “We know we’re getting into big games again.

“Dundee United are above us in the league as well and that’s something we have to aim for.

“We have to start replicating that performance and making it into 95-minute performances.

“You don’t get anything for 45-minute performances against teams that come and sit down and make it tough.

“We cannot give the teams lifelines like we have. “We haven’t done it for a week there, three games there and we definitely know what’s best.”


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