Aberdeen’s trip to Govan on Saturday was a painful reality check for the Red Army.
There’s a lot of anger and resentment around the club just now and some of it is being directed at Derek McInnes. They were humbled 5-0 by Rangers at weekend and it was the worst defeat of McInnes’ tenure at Pittodrie.
A real bugbear has been the lavish praise Celtic and Rangers have received post-match. It indicates that McInnes has already given up on challenging Scotland’s top two.
What can Aberdeen realistically achieve?
That doesn’t exactly inspire a crowd of displeased fans, especially after a heavy drubbing at the hands of one your fiercest rivals.
Fans are growing exceptionally tired of the style of play McInnes is implementing. It has been labelled as boring and passive by some, with his gameplan at Ibrox clearly one of defensive nature.
They don’t want to simply settle for third every year, or a cup run that ends in despair more often that not. They last won a trophy in 2014, lifting the League Cup at Parkhead.
Some supporters think McInnes is the problem, and perhaps he’s part of it, but what is a realistic aim for the Dons these days?
Finances dictate where teams finish largely and Celtic and Rangers have superior funds compared to the rest of the league. Aberdeen are one of the wealthier teams in Scotland yet they still lag behind them.
They’re in no man’s land right now. Not good enough for a serious push into the top two, but too good for the bottom six, it’s becoming very easy to outline what Aberdeen will do in a season.
Fans have every right to be annoyed with their club’s situation, but it’s hard to say when they will get out of their current malaise.