This time, taking prominence instead of Maynard’s departure was the arrival of three players in a move that looks certain to be boss Derek McInnes’ final gamble. With an incessant series of injuries and suspensions in defence – which will be exacerbated again following the credible point at Middlesbrough being earned despite McGivern’s sending off – contributing to a run of form as bad as many can remember, this could be seen as the tough Paisley-man’s equivalent of putting the house on black (or red, for City of course).
Having earned himself a trial with us during our Premier League days, his first impression was to get sent off in a pre-season tour game in Sweden for head-butting a player, while his last action for Reading was giving away a last minute penalty and getting sent off in the play-off semi-final at Burnley that resulted him literally throwing his shirt to the floor and storming off.
While with Reading he was mostly a centre back but at Burnley he seemed to play more centre midfield, perhaps because he's prone to give the ball away and he can do less damage giving it away in the middle!
Cardiff City’s Dekel Keinan was undoubtedly the least-known of the three names but the Israeli international comes highly regarded from across the Severn Bridge. A productive second half to last season from Keinan helped the Bluebirds into the play-off picture once more, but disappointment was again stumbled upon at the final hurdle. This led to the departure of Dave Jones and new manager Malky Mackay has tended to stick with his favoured squad members, with those on the fringes struggling to get a chance to stake a claim.