McGhee backed to turn Aberdeen around

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Aberdeen midfielder Derek Young is confident Mark McGhee will still be managing the Dons when they face Rangers this weekend.

Last night's 2-1 defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle heaped pressure on the under-fire Aberdeen boss, whose side have collected only four points from the last possible 30.

However, Young feels the Dons can get back to winning ways under McGhee.

He said: "All the boys think he will be the manager for the Rangers game and hopefully he will be.

"There is obviously a lot of speculation and you read different things in the press but the manager has been here a year and a half and the boys know what he is looking for.

"It is just a case of getting the results on the park and hopefully everything will blow over."

The midfielder, who deputised as a makeshift right-back against the Caley Jags, feels the Dons - on the back of a club record 9-0 defeat to Celtic - put on a spirited display and were unlucky not to take anything from the game.

"There was a massive amount of pressure after the result at Celtic Park," he said. "It was going to be tough but I think we showed with the performance that we have a lot of fight and a lot of good players.

"However, it is a results-driven business and we never got the points that we set out for, which is frustrating after putting so much effort into the game."

Young urged his team-mates not to be intimidated when they return to Glasgow to face the other half of the Old Firm on Saturday.

He added: "We are going to have to go down there believing that we can get a result. There is nowhere to hide.

"You can't hope somebody else is going to do it for you. Everybody that goes down to Ibrox has to give it their all and hopefully we will get the rub of the green this time.

"It is not nice to be in this situation and we need to get the finger out and sort it."

Inverness manager Terry Butcher was impressed with the commitment and effort shown by the Aberdeen players following their heavy defeat to Celtic.

He said: "It was a difficult match for Mark but I thought Aberdeen played very well. You lose 9-0 at Celtic and you get hammered. I thought they applied themselves really well and showed a lot of bottle.

"They have Rangers on Saturday and if we are being honest anything you get against the Old Firm is a bonus. If you look at the teams under the Old Firm anybody can beat anybody in this league.

"We have been lucky to be on a good run and Aberdeen can do the same. Once you do that the players get a lot more confidence and will become different players."

Inverness have now won four and drawn two of their six matches on the road this season and Butcher hopes his side can show such consistency at home.

He joked: "We seem to have a belief when we are away from home, much more than when we are playing at home, so perhaps we are going to have to have our pre-match meal in Wick before our next home game so that it feels like an away match!"