Keep Kari as far away from us as possible says City star McArdle

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IT can’t be common for two Aberdeen teammates of one season to be coming up against each other on oppositie sides in League Two early in the next.

But that happens at the New York Stadium today when Rotherham United’s Kari Arnason meets up again with his Aberdeen teammate of lasts eason, defender Rory McArdle.

McArdle, 25, and originally from Tinsley, began his career at Sheffield Wednesday but without making a first team breakthrough other than a single appearance.

After becoming a regular at Rochdale, he crossed the Border and linked up with Arnason last season at Pittodrie in the SPL.

He notes his surprise that Arnason has been playing in defence rather than midfield but reckons that the further he is away from the Bradford goal the better.

“It is a little bit of a relief for us because he strikes such a good ball and I’m sure he has won goal of the season before,” said McArdle.

“He’s quite adaptable and I’m sure he won’t have a preference really whether he’s in midfield or at the back but he’s not going to be shooting from central defence which is better for us.”

For McArdle and Bradford, promotion is the ultimate aim but reckons Rotherham will be up there too saying that if Bradford can amass more points than the Millers, then it will be a successful campaign.

“We want promotion and I suspect that if we finish above Rotherham, we’ll more than likely be in an automatic spot,” he said. “Definitely in the play-offs.”

McArdle, set to be at right back, scored in last week’s 5-1 demolition of AFC Wimbledon and also played in the win at Watford on Tuesday.