Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher reckons victory over Aberdeen tonight would be ‘a massive statement’ from the club in their bid to finish in third place.

The Well host the Dons at Fir Park tonight in a Premiership game that could have huge bearing on who ends the season as the best team outside the Old Firm.

Currently, Motherwell occupy third position, but their draw against bottom club Hearts last weekend allowed Aberdeen to get back to within a point of them.

Gallagher knows Aberdeen clash is huge (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Dons beat Hibs 3-1 at Pittodrie, and will fancy their chances of trading places with Stephen Robinson’s side.

On their last visit to Fir Park, Aberdeen ran out 3-0 winners, but the most recent meeting between the teams at Pittodrie ended 1-0 to Motherwell.

Ahead of the third meeting, Gallagher is under no illusions about the size of the occasion.

He said: “Our main focus is trying to stay in third place. It’s a massive game – probably the biggest of the season I would say for us.

“There’s only a point difference, and it could be four if we win, but also we could go into fourth if we lose.

Motherwell lost 3-0 to Aberdeen at Fir Park last time out (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

“We have to be concentrating fully on Aberdeen and taking the three points.

“We’ve done well, obviously we hadn’t been getting the results, but I still feel we’ve been playing well. Now we’ve started picking up results again and scoring goals and started to look back to our best – I think you can see that.

“I don’t know if it’s winner takes all, but it will be a massive statement in the run-in for third place. We have to go out there and take the three points.”

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