Aberdeen must bounce back with a win over Motherwell on Wednesday, or their season could quickly unravel.
The Dons lost 2-1 to Hearts on Saturday, a result which saw them drop to fourth in the Premiership. Losing at Tynecastle isn’t a disgrace, lots of teams have.
But the performance must have been a worry to Derek McInnes. The Dons were in control of the game in the first-half and were 1-0 up.
The second-half was a different story, as the Dons were bullied and deservedly lost the game.
With only two league games to go before the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic, it is vitally important that Aberdeen get back on track against Motherwell.
Not only would three points help the Dons in their battle to finish third, but they need to get back on the winning track before the game against Celtic.
Any more league defeats would leave Aberdeen struggling to finish in the top four. It would also put the team under huge pressure going into the game against Celtic.
The Dons need to beat Motherwell and Dundee in the week ahead to ensure that they are in a good frame of mind for the game against Celtic.
Two games without a win though, and Aberdeen’s season could be all but over if they lose to Celtic.