Aberdeen: Craig Brown hails teenager Cammy Smith in Dens win

Craig Brown named Cammy Smith as Aberdeen's man of the match despite Niall McGinn scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Dundee .

The 18-year-old Smith was not employed in his usual striking role as the manager gave him and 19-year-old Jamie Masson rare starting places.

"I thought today our best player was our youngest player," Brown told BBC Scotland.

"And I thought young Cammy Smith was magnificent in midfield for Aberdeen."

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The real poacher is Niall McGinn and he can shoot the ball as well

Craig Brown Aberdeen manager

McGinn had arrived from Celtic known primarily as a winger and the Dons boss was modest about the decision to use him as a striker, resulting in 14 goals.

"I'm not going to take all the credit," said Brown before making a comparison with Arsenal. "I'll say it was fortunate.

"I was smiling with him in there and I said 'I see Arsene Wenger is now talking about playing Theo Walcott as a striker - he must have been watching you'.

"Niall's a super guy, the most modest player you'll ever meet and loved by all the players and the fans obviously with the goals he's scoring.

"But he never milks it. He just scores the goal and is quite modest about it."

While McGinn has been grabbing the headlines up front, Scott Vernon has been adapting to a role in midfield.

"Scott Vernon is a good striker," said Brown. "He would be double figures if he was playing up front.

"Rory Fallon is a big enthusiastic striker as well.

"But the real poacher is Niall McGinn and he can shoot the ball as well as we saw last week against St Johnstone from outside the box."