AFTER managing to keep hold of boss Derek McInnes, Aberdeen have continued to hold onto second spot in the Premiership table heading into the winter break.
A summer of confusion over McInnes’ future as Sunderland came sniffing was followed by an unsuccessful move from Rangers after the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.
Back-to-back defeats against Graeme Murty’s side and a heavy defeat to the Hoops threatened their position in the table but big wins against Hibs and St Johnstone has maintained their place in second spot.
Niall McGinn moved back to the Granite City during the break after bringing his short spell in South Korea to an end.
But who have the Dons fans picked as their Player of the Season so far?
Defender Scott McKenna has enjoyed a breakthrough year under Derek McInnes after a successful loan spell at Ayr United last season and has been awarded with Scotland Under-21 caps.
Kenny McLean has been a mainstay in the Aberdeen midfield since signing from St Mirren in 2015 but looks set to leave with his contract expiring in the summer.
Keeper Joe Lewis has admitted he has made more mistakes this season but has still been one of the top shot stoppers in the country.
On-loan Celtic attacker Ryan Christie has carried on his form from last season including a stunning strike in a 2-1 win against Ross County.
But it’s midfielder Graeme Shinnie that the Dons fans have overwhelmingly voted for as their top performer so far this campaign.
The former Inverness full-back has matured into a all-round central midfielder since joining in 2015.
Following Ryan Jack’s move to Ibrox in the summer the 26-year-old has taken up captain duties this season.
And despite his form Shinnie was not given a cap against Holland in Malky Mackay’s only game in charge as Scotland boss despite getting a call up but has not gone unnoticed by his own fans.