Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass thinks veteran keeper Joe Lewis is “back to his best” after an early season dip saw him dropped, ending a run of 234 consecutive starts.

Glass dropped Lewis for 2-1 defeats by Celtic and Dundee in October, ending the keeper’s lengthy run of starts when he’s been available and raising question marks over his future at Pittodrie.

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Lewis returned to the side and was key in the wins over Livingston and St Mirren as Aberdeen look to have finally started turning their season around following a dismal start to the campaign.

“Joe has been back to his best in the last couple of weeks,” Glass said [P&J].

“He had some big saves in the first half against St Mirren including a double save.

“It was a good performance from the big man.

“There is a lot of competition here, I’m not referring to Joe here, so it’s important the boys are on their game.

“That has to continue for them all.”

After picking up back-to-back wins over Livi then St Mirren, Glass has challenged the players on the fringes of his starting XI to prove they deserve a place.

The Dons face St Johnstone this weekend at McDiarmid Park and Glass reminded his players just how important it is to give everything in training during the week, adding: “The players all know what it takes in training to make us think that they should be playing.

“I don’t think we have picked a team where we are looking at the starting XI that are on the pitch and are thinking that one of those on the bench has really forced us and should be playing.

“The team in the main has more or less looked after itself.

“There are players itching to get a chance but they know training well is what it gets it.”

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