Aberdeen left-back Greg Leigh has made a bold prediction after his side’s recent victory, claiming the Dons can challenge Celtic and Rangers this season.
Leigh netted his first goal in red at the weekend during a 3-0 win over Ross County. He has been an able replacement for the recently departed Max Lowe, who has returned to Derby County following a Pittodrie loan spell.
His replacement thinks that Aberdeen can take advantage of Celtic and Rangers’ heavy work schedule.
He told the Daily Record: “They’re both in Europe now so they’re going to have a lot of extra games there. They have a lot of international players, so when a lot of our players are getting a break, they’re not getting a break.”
“You’ve got to have that rotation and players who have been out in the cold have got to come in and perform. That’s big pressure on them. We’ll have a full week to prepare so hopefully we can take advantage of that.”
Leigh and Aberdeen have work to do if they want to challenge Celtic and Rangers
Aberdeen have finished in the top four every year since the 2013-14 season. They’ve finished second in every one of those campaigns bar two, with last season’s fourth place finish the lowest they have ranked since the 2012-13 season, where they finished eighth.
Even though they haven’t started in particularly impressive form, the Dons are still fourth. That’s more than what can be said about the likes of Hibs and Hearts, who are ninth and joint-bottom respectively.
Is Leigh right in saying Aberdeen can challenge Celtic and Rangers? Whilst it’s good to have the ambition, it’ll be a hard task for them given the finances the two clubs have to play with.
This financial gap makes it very hard for the Dons to live with the two of them. Celtic have players like former Aberdeen hero Jonny Hayes in reserve, whilst Rangers have the ability to call on the likes of Premier League winner Andy King for support.
That’s not to say Aberdeen don’t have a good squad. It is arguably the best in the division right now outside of Celtic and Rangers, but whether it can compete with them is questionable.
Leigh clearly has the ambition to be better than them though. For now at least, the Dons need to try and build some form off the back of their Ross County win.