Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass has confirmed his summer rebuild is nearing completion, although he still wants another striker.
U.S. international forward Christian Ramirez has increased Glass’s summer additions to six as the 30-year-old has signed up until the summer of 2023.
Glass insists his business is on the verge of completion as his team rebuilding has focused on quality rather than quantity.
The Reds gaffer also signed Scott Brown, Declan Gallagher, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Teddy Jenks and Jack Gurr.
Glass will also challenge the young stars of Pittodria to climb into the first team in the upcoming 2021-22 season.
While rebuilding her transfer window, Glass said, “At the moment it’s almost done.
“It is important that we remember the number of players that we have recruited.
“If you look at it in isolation and think we announced Christian and Declan this week.
“If we announced all the signings we’ve made today, everyone would love it.
“The players we have added are quality.
“We haven’t added a huge number, but we also have young players who appeared last year and who are now threatening the team’s top positions.
“It’s important to remember what we added and what we also experienced.
“From the start Scott came early, Christian Ramirez, Declan Gallagher and JET joined us.
“These are all really attractive signings.
“Teddy Jenks comes from Brighton to help us compete in midfield and has a great pedigree as a youth international with England.
“Jack Gurr is from Atlanta and will be a big addition as well.
“Gary Woods has also signed a permanent contract and having a number two that can push Joe (Lewis) is important and I think it is important that we have that all over the field.”
Signing another striker would be ideal
Glass only has two experienced forwards signed for the next campaign with summer acquisitions Ramirez and Emmanuel-Thomas.
Ramirez and Emmanuel-Thomas have both signed a two-year contract and are set to make their UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round debut with BK Hacken in Pittodria on July 22.
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Teenage forward Michael Ruth, 19, made two appearances as a substitute for the Dons and was loaned out to Arbroath for a period last season.
Falkirk, led by former Aberdeen U21 coach Paul Sheerin, has launched an offer to loan Ruth to the club.
Sheerin left the Dons at the end of the season to take charge of the Bairns and reportedly identified Ruth as the forward to lead the club’s Ligue 1 title challenge.
Glass admits he will ideally sign another seasoned striker this summer.
He said: “Christian Ramirez and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are both proven scorers.
“It would be ideal if we could have another striker.
“Michael Ruth is part of the squad and he’s a very good finisher.
Signing Ramirez is not a bet
Aberdeen beat a fee with Major League Soccer for Ramirez, estimated at £ 180,000 ($ 250,000).
The club then had to obtain a work visa for the international striker who landed in Granite City on Tuesday morning after a flight from Houston.
Glass insists there are no bets to sign Ramirez, who has a solid background in MLS and has been crowned twice by the United States.
He said: “He’s a pure number nine and a very experienced center-forward.
“Anyone who plays for the US national team has a lot to offer.
“I think you see the boys playing for them now, like Daryl Dike, and they’re talking about £ 20million for guys like that.
“The level of player that we get is very high.
“Christian is a proven goalscorer and has a big presence on him.
“Bringing a player that age, they’re not on crazy long contracts, and I think it’s less of a bet than bringing a 25, 26-year-old on a three-year contract and it doesn’t work six months to a year.
“We have seen this in the past.
“We’re more confident in what we’re getting and what they’ll add to the youngsters at the club.
“We have a few real focal points there now and they are expected to be goal scorers.
“These are our players, not lenders trying to fill the gaps.”
Pre-season friendlies will be played behind closed doors
Aberdeen returned for pre-season training on Monday, June 21 at the club’s £ 13million training center at Cormack Park.
Glass and his team will step up their preparations with a closed-door preseason friendly against the Cove Rangers at Cormack Park on Thursday.
They will then host Inverness Caley Thistle at the training center next week.
Then, the week of July 12, the Donations will host St Johnstone and Reading on the same day at Cormack Park as part of the preparations for European action.
Glass said: “It’s been a good preseason and we’ve been here for 10 days.
“The boys had a Sunday off after six tough days off.
“The quality has been really, really good.
“The fact that they are back in shape means that we can get into football very quickly.
“I think the players are happy about it, they are happy that the work they have done this summer is paying off.
“We have a number of games held behind closed doors.
“We just felt this year that it was important to control the environment instead of going to England or Ireland or abroad and wasting days traveling.”
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