Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has stressed he has cut his budget this season after being "disturbed" by comments from rival Clydesdale Bank Premier League managers that he has been lucky to bring in several players.
Brown pulled off some good business earlier in the summer by signing Irish wingers Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn, and he has added former Scotland left-back Gary Naysmith and on-loan Sheffield Wednesday defender Mark Reynolds in recent weeks.
But the Dons boss was eager to point out that the club received an undisclosed fee from Wigan for Fraser Fyvie while releasing seven first-team players.
Rory McArdle, Darren Mackie, Youl Mawene, Yoann Folly, Mohamed Chalali, Danny Uchechi and Kari Arnason all departed Pittodrie.
Brown, speaking ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Communities League Cup second-round clash with Morton at Cappielow, said: "There have been things said that 'Aberdeen are lucky, they have been able to bring in two good players in McGinn...