Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has revealed that his side will use the recent 4-2 defeat by Rangers as “extra motivation” to catch the Gers in the league table.
McInnes’ side currently sit five points behind Rangers in the race for second place and the Dons’ boss admits the Pittodrie defeat was a “sore one” to take.
With 13 games left in the campaign, the Pittodrie gaffer insists there’s still plenty of football left to catch the Gers.
“There’s still 13 games to go and we have to knuckle down. The defeat last week was a sore one for us and we’re now five points behind Rangers,” McInnes told the Press and Journal.
“There are still a lot of football to be played and we’ll remember how we felt after the game and use it as extra motivation. We’ll see where we end up at the end of the season.”
Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock are also still very much in the mix and McInnes’ side will face a fight from the Rugby Park side.
With no games against either Rangers or Killie until after the split, Aberdeen will need to hope from favours elsewhere.
After the 4-1 Scottish Cup win over Queen of the South on Saturday, the Dons return to league action this weekend when St. Mirren visit Pittodrie.
McInnes’ side must pick up full points or their hopes of finishing second will look to be over – as will the run of three consecutive second-place finishes.