After a hit-and-miss start to the season, Aberdeen are beginning to display the quality which shows they have the metal to reclaim third spot this season.
4-0 and 5-0 defeats to Celtic and Rangers can’t be avoided but momentum has been built outside of the fixtures against Scotland’s top two sides.
Outwith those results Aberdeen have only been beaten once in the league, although a few draws and a League Cup quarter-final elimination to Hearts was seen as a disappointment.
They now sit two points clear in third though following an impressive 3-1 win away to Ross County.
Aberdeen can’t ignore defeats but quality is showing
The defeats to Celtic and Rangers have to be addressed if you’re looking at the Dons’ season so far, especially the one at home to Celtic. You simply can’t afford to have an off day against a relentless side.
You’ve got to make it difficult for them and Aberdeen failed to do so. To get anything from the games was always going to be difficult, but the manner of these defeats really deflated some fans.
It was key that the Celtic game especially was left in the past and Derek McInnes has ensured that has been the case. They’ve followed up the 4-0 hiding with three consecutive wins of their own.
Prior to the Hoops game there was also a 3-0 thrashing of Motherwell to savour before Kilmarnock were also handed a 3-0 lesson by the Dons.
These two sides have been seen as Aberdeen’s two closest competitors for third yet the Red Army have blown them both away with ease. You could even argue that both sides were lucky to escape with 3-0 deficits.
They’ve been tested at times in all of these encounters but Aberdeen’s quality eventually comes to the fore.
Additional factors like an injury crisis easing up and the impressive form of Sam Cosgrove, Lewis Ferguson, Andy Considine and Zak Vyner amongst others have helped Aberdeen build some momentum.
McInnes’ men have been impressive in their last three fixtures, and with four of their next five games against current members of the bottom six, they’ll fancy their chances of solidifying their current third place standing.