McDonald not worried by boos

04 May 2010 05:50
Gary McDonald could not care less about being booed as he prepares to face the wrath of Aberdeen's fans in Wednesday's game against Kilmarnock.[LNB] Dons midfielder McDonald has been targeted by his own supporters this season after refusing to enter into contract talks with the club until his current deal expires in the summer.[LNB]The 28-year-old claims he has not ruled out extending his stay at Pittodrie and that he has yet to discuss moving to a rival club.[LNB]McDonald looked to have been spared further abuse from the Pittodrie faithful when he suffered a hamstring injury seven weeks ago that was thought to have ended his season.[LNB]But he has since recovered and was an unused substitute in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Hamilton.[LNB]And if he does take to the field tomorrow, he will not worry one iota about making himself a target, explaining it would not be the first time he had upset his own fans.[LNB]"I had it before at Oldham," said McDonald, who joined Aberdeen from the Latics two years ago after helping the latter knock Everton out of the FA Cup.[LNB]"I signed a pre-contract at Aberdeen at the end of April when I still had a couple of games to play.[LNB]"The fans there gave me a bit of stick there as well.[LNB]"But, to be honest, it was something at the time that I just laughed at because one minute I was the hero scoring against Everton and the next minute they were booing me.[LNB]"So it was water off a duck's back."[LNB]McDonald insists his injury has meant he has not had time to consider his future.[LNB]"I was just concentrating on getting back fit," he said.[LNB]"I'm back fit now, I'd like to get a game or two under my belt before the end of the season and then I'll obviously have a think."[LNB]He added: "I want to take stock of things and decide what the best thing is for me and my family to do."[LNB]McDonald revealed how his injury proved to be more problematic than he first thought.[LNB]"I thought it was just going to be a simple, straightforward hamstring strain," he said.[LNB]"But every time I started to do my running, it just started playing up."[LNB]Yet, he vowed to give 100% for Aberdeen if he features in the final game of the season, dismissing fears he could hold back in order to ensure he is fit for a move elsewhere.[LNB]"When you're on the park, that's the very last thing on your mind," he said.[LNB]"You're just concentrating on each game and trying to do your best for Aberdeen Football Club."[LNB]The Dons have endured a miserable season and cannot finish any higher than ninth.[LNB]Accepting his share of the blame, McDonald said: "Nobody wants to be involved in a team the way the results have gone this season. Obviously, I've played my part in that."[LNB]The midfielder can make amends by helping Aberdeen beat relegation-threatened Kilmarnock, something he will have mixed emotions about, having started his career at Rugby Park.[LNB]"At least it's in their hands," he said.[LNB]"If they can beat Falkirk in their last game then I'm sure that'll be enough for them to stay up.[LNB]"Obviously, playing them tomorrow night, we've got to be professional."

Source: Team_Talk