McDonald not worried by boos
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. 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. 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. 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. But he has since recovered and was an unused substitute in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Hamilton. 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. "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. "I signed a pre-contract at Aberdeen at the end of April when I still had a couple of games to play. "The fans there gave me a bit of stick there as well. "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. "So it was water off a duck's back." McDonald insists his injury has meant he has not had time to consider his future. "I was just concentrating on getting back fit," he said. "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." He added: "I want to take stock of things and decide what the best thing is for me and my family to do." McDonald revealed how his injury proved to be more problematic than he first thought. "I thought it was just going to be a simple, straightforward hamstring strain," he said. "But every time I started to do my running, it just started playing up." 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. "When you're on the park, that's the very last thing on your mind," he said. "You're just concentrating on each game and trying to do your best for Aberdeen Football Club." The Dons have endured a miserable season and cannot finish any higher than ninth. 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." 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. "At least it's in their hands," he said. "If they can beat Falkirk in their last game then I'm sure that'll be enough for them to stay up. "Obviously, playing them tomorrow night, we've got to be professional."
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