Junior Hoilett permanent Aberdeen FC transfer put to Pittodrie board but Jimmy Thelin to get final say

Peter Leven has told Aberdeen they should be doing all they can to keep Junior Hoilett at Pittodrie next season.

The interim boss praised the Canadian international for the influence he has had in the Reds’ recent revival. Hoilett, who is out of contract in the summer, was inspirational with a double in the 5-1 win over Livingston. Leven said: “He’s a great player. What a professional, I’ve said that to the club. Listen, I would love to keep him here but it’s up to the next manager. I’ve said to the club numerous times. You can see his quality. Tonight and last week, the semi-final, he was different class. I could name loads of games. He is one of those players who creates chances and his free kick as well.”

Jonny Hayes was given a guard of honour after he went off the pitch. Leven hopes he will also remain in some capacity, as a player or coach. He added ”We don’t know what Jonny is going to do but if it is the end he got the send-off he would have wanted. He has been a great professional over his career and he’s a great person. It’s up to Jonny and the club to discuss but he is also a very good."

Leven also praised teenage scorer Fletcher Boyd. He explained: “It wasn’t just the goal, it was the awareness to let the ball run through his legs and take the shot early. Fletcher is a top player.”

Meanwhile, Livingston boss David Martindale has insisted he can’t wait to see the end of this season. He said: “The fans deserve better than they got. They should expect better of me and my players. Tonight was naïve and embarrassing. It was extremely disappointing and hurts. Don’t know if it hurts for everybody."