Livingston boss Burchill thrilled with capture of Aberdeen youth skipper


BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press

Livingston manager Mark Burchill believes he has signed a player good enough for the Premiership after snapping up freed Aberdeen midfielder Kieran Gibbons.

The 20-year-old made just one substitute’s appearance at Aberdeen but captained the Dons under-20s side to their league title last season and Burchill did not expect the youngster to become available this summer.

However, with Gibbons being released because of a mixture of finances and the number of players ahead of him in the midfield pecking order at Pittodrie, Burchill is thrilled to have beaten off competition for his signature.

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Burchill believes Gibbons is a Premiership-standard signing


He said: “Kieran is a player I’ve known about for a while. I watched him three or four times last season and I thought he would have been offered a deal at Aberdeen.

“When I knew he was available we got him in for a couple of days’ training and after the first day I knew I wanted to offer him a contract.

“I’m delighted to have got it over the line because I know there was a lot of interest in him and I definitely see him playing for the first-team in the coming season.

“I’m sure had he been at about seven or eight Premier League teams other than Aberdeen last season he would have played more often.”