Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that securing European football is the Dons’ first priority – as he appeared to concede second-place in the league to Rangers.
The Dons boss admitted that they look “too far away” from the Gers after picking up fewer points than in recent seasons by this point of the season.
McInnes insisted though that his side won’t stop fighting to catch Steven Gerrard’s side before the end of the campaign.
“When we go into the league we have always tried to be as competitive as possible,” McInnes told the Press and Journal.
“Our first port of call is to get European football.
“We are a few points worse off than where we normally are at this stage in the season.
“We look too far away from the teams above us now but you never give it up.
“You keep going but I have said often enough that our fight is with ourselves.”
With third in the league securing Europa League football, the Dons have a three-point cushion over Kilmarnock with ten games left.
McInnes’ side could also book their place in Europe by lifting the Scottish Cup but would need to see of both Rangers and Celtic just to get to the final.
Third in the league looks like the Dons’ best bet but after successive second-place finishes it might not be enough to please all Dons fans.