Aberdeen star Scott McKenna has admitted that the Dons squad must “make sure” they continue their recent run of reaching Europe every year – but is confident given the Pittodrie side’s record against the other sides in the top six.

The Dons travel to Ibrox this weekend to face Rangers and know defeat will leave them with Kilmarnock and Hibs breathing down their necks.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Scott McKenna of Aberdeen inspects the pitch before the match

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Despite beating Killie last week, there are only eight points covering third to fifth so the Dons can’t afford any mistakes.

“We have been in Europe for a number of years now and it is up to us as players to make sure the club continues getting there,” McKenna told the Evening Express.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes passes tactical instructions to Scott McKenna of Aberdeen

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“We still have four of the best teams in the league to play but over the course of the season, we have done pretty well against them in those games.

“We just have to use our experience from games previously in the season and pick up points.”

The Dons have qualified for continental football in each of the last five seasons and look to be in pole position to continue that.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Scott McKenna of Aberdeen scores the opening goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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While Kilmarnock sit only three points behind them, on current form, it is Hibs who pose the biggest threat to Derek McInnes’ side.

However, the Dons should just sneak in with only four games left for Hibs to overturn an eight-point gap.