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Dons loan duo Rogers and Shankland are set to make impact next term

Tony Docherty feels pair have improved during time in the Scottish Championship.

Tony Docherty believes Danny Rogers and Lawrence Shankland are well placed to make a big impact with Aberdeen next season after loan spells in the Scottish Championship.

Rogers remains in action with Falkirk as they seek to gain promotion to the Scottish Premiership while striker Shankland scored 10 goals in 32 appearances for St Mirren this term.

Shot stopper Rogers recently signed a new deal with the Dons and is expected to challenge for the number one jersey with current goalkeepers Scott Brown and Adam Collin poised to depart Pittodrie.

And Derek McInnes' assistant has been impressed with the pair's form in the second tier.

He said: "Both of them have benefited from the loans. It's by design. They play at U20s level and if they are successful then the next stage to becoming an Aberdeen player is to send them out on loan and to pick the right loan club.

"[Danny] has done himself no harm. Anything you throw in front of a footballer they have to rise to that challenge.

"He went out on loan a couple of years ago to Dumbarton and did extremely well. We put him up a level at Falkirk to gain that experience and to be in a dressing room where he's becoming a pivotal player.

"Gordon Marshall [Aberdeen goalkeeping coach] has seen most of his games and you are considering him now coming back into the fold.

"We've got Aron Lennox in the building, who is a very able goalkeeper. Danny can't do any more than he's done and we'll asses and see if he's ready.

"It's important to plan the pathway for these players to develop until they are ready to become an Aberdeen player."

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