Former Dons star gets Locos coaching role

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Inverurie Locos have brought in former Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie in a player/coach capacity.

Mackie was in the dug -out for Locos’ win against Huntly but didn’t make the trip to Wick as he featured in a Dons Legends v Red Army fundraising match at Harlaw on Saturday for AFCCT.

Darren was amongst the goal scorers and will hope to get back on the field and featuring for Locos as the look to overcome their poor start to the season.

Born in Inverurie, Mackie was with Aberdeen from 1998 up until 2012, making over 300 appearance for the Dons and scoring over 50 goals.

He scored his most famous goal for Aberdeen in the famous 2006/07 Uefa Cup run when he dived to head home Ricky Foster’s cross against Dnipro in the qualifying stages.

The goal would help take Aberdeen through to the group stages where Mackie would feature against some of the worlds top players including then Athletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.

After a 4-0 win over Copenhagen, Mackie’s Aberdeen team would face Bayern Munich in the round of 32 but the German giants would prove to strong for the dons, winning 8-3 on aggregate after a memorable 2-2 draw at Pittodrie in which Mackie started up front.

In 2011, he was honoured with a testimonial match by Aberdeen to mark 13 years with the club as Spanish side Villareal travelled to Pittodrie.

He left Aberdeen in 2012 and moved to America to play with Phoenix FC before returning to Scotland and signing for Turriff United.

Mackie will likely be in the dug-out for Saturday’s game with Brora Rangers.