Stephen Glass has insisted that Aberdeen wanted Bruce Anderson to stay but the striker was determined to move to Livingston.
The 23-year-old striker made his summer move to Tony Macaroni Stadium and has already hit double figures on the season.
Glass admitted that he and the Dons wanted him to stay, but Anderson insisted he wanted a fresh start and a chance to make a name for himself with the Lions, who then paid training compensation.
He will be the main threat to the Dons as he was to West Lothian today.
Glass said: “He has done very well. It is not a surprise for us. He wanted the challenge of being there, of being one of the best.
“He is thriving, which, for the club, is good to see. You never know what happens next. We like to see guys that have come through the system here go and have good runs. We are happy for him.
“It was more or less about allowing him to go out there and get games. There was an opportunity to stay, but she chose to leave because she felt there was something better for him.
“We all like Bruce and we know what he could become, but at his age, he had been on the fringes for far too long.
“He goes to a club, puts on the number 9 shirt and they tell him he will be one of the main center forwards, I think that appealed to him. It’s good to see. He did not leave on bad terms. If you see a young local doing well, he is good.”
Anderson’s form has the Red Army talking at a time when they still have no attacking options, with Marley Watkins injured. Glass confirmed that he has his eye on one or two non-contract targets, but faces a struggle to get them to Pittodrie.
He said: “We would like to. There are a limited number of these guys around. But it is something we would like to do.
“There are a couple of things that we are looking at right now to see if we can do it and see if we are attractive to those players.”
Livingston boss Davie Martindale said he expects Aberdeen to finish in the top four. Glass knows that Livi won’t be doing them any favors, especially since the Dons have already beaten them twice this season.
He said, “Yeah, it’s good when other managers talk about your group like that.
“Davie’s smart too, so maybe he’s trying to be nice… The calm before the storm.
“I think there is a recognition that we have a good team of players that should be higher up the table.
“I think Livingston is one of the teams we’ve done particularly well against, but it’s important that he continues.
“Davie will have his players in our faces and desperate to win.
“After the disappointment the other night as well, we know what he is capable of leading his team to. They are capable of beating everyone in this league.”
Aberdeen lost to St Mirren and, despite their dominance at Dingwall, were only able to take one point off Ross County in midweek.
It’s been a struggle for Aberdeen away from Pittodrie and defender David Bates isn’t sure why that is.
“I really can’t identify it,” Bates said. “He is one that is frustrating us all right now.
“We can’t really get our performances going. It’s very frustrating because we try to prepare well, but it doesn’t really work.
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Bates also accepts that his team needs to start keeping more clean sheets to finish games.
He said: “The performance was better than St Mirren. We were very bad against St Mirren, we knew that as a team.
“It was frustrating but we had a good week of training to work things out. There was an improvement against Ross County, but not getting all three points was frustrating. Not keeping a clean sheet was frustrating on my part.
“Hopefully we can go and get the three points.”