Florian Kamberi targets end to Aberdeen goal crisis


Florian Kamberi knows he has a big opportunity to become an Aberdeen hero, but then so too do fellow new recruits Fraser Hornby and Callum Hendry, each required to produce goals sooner rather than later.

Only then can Aberdeen dig themselves out of their state of inertia with five games without a goal, a style of football that is not easy on the eye and a growing band of supporters unhappy with manager Derek McInnes.

However, replacing departed misfiring front men like Sam Cosgrove, Curtis Main, Marley Watkins and Ryan Edmondson with a trio of players unable to command starting places at their parent clubs – St Gallen,  Reims and St Johnstone respectively – does not seem like a panacea for Aberdeen’s ills.

All three were on the pitch at the same time against St Mirren with Kamberi displaying a diligence that belied his lack of training over a two-week period as he waited in Switzerland for his work permit to be processed.

The less said about the actual game, though – a tortuous affair in a freezing, howling gale that enveloped Pittodrie – the better. No goals, no excitement, no entertainment value,nothing to write home about.

We can assume that many Reds’ supporters will be dreading their team’s visit to Parkhead on Wednesday night as McInnes continues to feel their breath on the back of his neck as if to demand: “Make things better.”
He, on the other hand, would be right to point to the fact that Aberdeen are still in contention for a third-place finish in the league and, with it, European football next season.

So, are players like Kamberi, Hornby and Hendry capable of effecting positive change?
Kamberi (below) thinks he can. 
“I’m here to help the team as much as I can,” he said, “and to help them win games and the club achieve its goals. I know where the goal is and I know I can score goals. I’m not going to say I’m going to score 20 goals, but if the team win games, that is the most important thing.”
The goal-scoring exploits of the former Hibs centre-forward, who spent a period on loan at Rangers, tell us he is not prolific, while Hornby and Hendry are yet to find the net this season.

“We will go to Celtic and not be under pressure as we try to get a result,” Kamberi added. “I haven’t followed Celtic much, but it doesn’t seem they are like they were last season. They would love to be in another situation, but it is how it is and I am focused on Aberdeen.”
Celtic were also on the mind of Joe Shaughnessy, the St Mirren centre-back, left reeling after last Wednesday night’s 4-0 drubbing by Neil Lennon’s men.

The Buddies, with an eye on a top-six finish in the Premiership, face a buoyant Hamilton in Paisley on Wednesday night. Shaughnessy viewed the point secured in the north-east as satisfying, particularly in the abominable conditions.

“You have to show a bit of character to get the job done and come away with a clean sheet,” he said. “So, it was a good result in the end, especially after the Celtic game  because you have to be professional and do your job when it’s freezing and the wind is swirling about.

“We’ve got a run of four home games now, including the ones we missed out on earlier in the season which can strengthen that challenge for a top-six finish. If we can get a run of positive results over this run of games then we can really put ourselves into a strong position for the last few weeks of the season.”


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