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Aberdeen's Gary McDonald unaffected by fans' boos

Aberdeen midfielder Gary McDonald
McDonald has struggled with injuries this season

Aberdeen midfielder Gary McDonald has described the booing he and club captain Mark Kerr have been getting from fans as "water off a duck's back".

"At Oldham, I signed a pre-contract with Aberdeen at the end of April and still had a couple of games to play at Oldham," said McDonald.

"Fans there gave me a bit of stick as well. At the time I just laughed.

"One minute I was the hero scoring against Everton and the next they were booing me. Water off a duck's back."

McDonald was responding to comments made by Pittodrie manager Mark McGhee, who suggested that Kerr and McDonald's form mixed with their decision not to commit to the club next season may be affecting the attitude of supporters.

"Nobody wants to be involved in a team with the way the results have gone this season for us," said McDonald.

McDonald unfazed by fan abuse

"Obviously I've played my part in that, as everyone has in the dressing room, and we're extremely disappointed how this season's gone."

The 28-year-old insists his form this season has not been affected by uncertainty over his future.

"I can honestly say it doesn't cross your mind when you go on the park," he said.

"The very last thing on your mind is what's happening with your future at the end of the season. You're just concentrating on each game and trying to do the best you can for Aberdeen Football Club."

And McDonald will wait until the season ends before making a decision on whether he moves on or not.

"To be honest, I'm just waiting until the end of the season," McDonald said.

"I was concentrating on getting back fit. I'm back fit now. I'd like to get a game or two under my belt then I'll have a think about things and what I want to do.

Obviously I feel for my old club because they're in a real dire situation at the moment and I certainly hope they can get out of it

Gary McDonald on facing former club Kilmarnock

"I've not ruled out (staying) at all. I've just said I want to wait until the end of the season, to take stock of things and decide what's the best thing for me and my family to do."

Relegation-threatened Kilmarnock travel to Pittodrie on Wednesday and though McDonald feels sympathy for his former club's plight, he insists he will not let it affect his own game.

"Obviously I feel for my old club because they're in a real dire situation at the moment and I certainly hope they can get out of it," he added.

"At least they know that it's in their hands to know that if they can beat Falkirk in the last game then I'm sure that'll be enough for them to stay up.

"We've got to be professional and we'll be looking for a victory for Aberdeen."



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