One striker in, one striker out at Aberdeen

Aberdeen have waved hello and goodbye to strikers just before the deadline.

Scottish Premiership title challengers Aberdeen have signed Wales international Simon Church on loan from Milton Keynes Dons for the remainder of the season.

The 27-year-old striker will swap one Dons for another, paving the way for David Goodwillie to join fellow Scottish Premiership side Ross County until the summer.

The former Reading and Charlton Athletic striker, who has earned 33 caps for Wales, will leave Milton Keynes after scoring three goals in all competitions for the side currently 20th in the Championship.

He started only nine of MK Dons’ 28 league fixtures and will hope to feature regularly at Pittodrie with Wales set for their maiden European Championship finals this summer.

His arrival at Aberdeen has coincided with the temporary departure of David Goodwillie from the club.

Goodwillie, 26, netted eight goals in 63 appearances with Derek McInnes’ Dons since joining in July 2014. His only goals of the current campaign came in September, when his brace inspired Aberdeen to a 3-1 win away at Hearts.

The former Blackburn Rovers striker has had previous experience of Scottish top flight football, starting his career at Dundee United before moving to England.

The Scottish Premiership is a league he knows well and that experience could prove helpful to a Ross County side currently 4th in the league. After languishing at the bottom of the division 12 months ago, the high-flying Highlanders are pushing for a top six finish whilst also looking forward to their first ever Scottish League Cup final.

A Scottish Cup winner with Dundee United in 2010, it will be interesting to see if Goodwillie’s experience of lifting silverware can help Jim McIntyre’s men take the League Cup back to Dingwall.

Is Church the man to help continue Aberdeen’s push for the title? How much will Ross County benefit from Goodwillie’s arrival?

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