Brown urges fans not to boo Sone Aluko

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown urges fans not to boo Sone Aluko

Craig Brown last night pleaded with the Red Army not to paint a bullseye on Sone Aluko’s back.

The Nigerian international knows he faces a torrent of abuse from the fans who once idolised him.

But Dons boss Brown is begging them to let the 22-year-old relaunch his career with the champions in peace.

He said: “Sone was happy here but there is a shelf life for players and he felt it was time to move so there should be no animosity towards him.

“At the basic level he’s getting a job when he didn’t have one since leaving Pittodrie. What was he to do? Wait until Celtic or some other big club come in?

“Sone will do well at Ibrox because he’ll see plenty of action in advanced positions.

“That will let him influence games and he’ll be a crowd favourite there.

“We could certainly do with someone with that sort of sparkle. We asked James McFadden if he wanted to come here earlier this season and if he had been interested I know our board would have broken the bank to get him.”