Joe Lewis isn’t going to call out Celtic or Hibs – but the Aberdeen captain won’t rule out finishing above both of them this term either.

The top four in the Premiership face each other over Sunday and Monday, Aberdeen hosting leaders Rangers while Jack Ross takes Hibs to Celtic Park. The Dons could move within a point of the Hoops in second with a shock win over Steven Gerrard’s side.

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Lewis leads the Dons again today. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

And while runners-up and Champions League football is a lofty aim, Lewis says it’s not an impossible task: “I’m not going to rule out finishing second, that would be silly from the position we’re in. I don’t want to target specific teams, we’ll just take it game by game as we always do. Our focus right now is on Sunday. We’re halfway through and the season is taking shape.

“But it has to be a target for us to finish as high up the league as possible. And second place is still very achievable for us at this point in the season. We’re not going to write it off, that’s for sure. A Champions League spot for second place is certainly a carrot for every club. And third place gets you further into the Europa League than it has done in previous seasons.

“So that’s there for the teams in and around it. Second place is definitely there for us if we can put a good run of form together and get some solid results. We aren’t singling out teams to try and catch but second place is certainly up for grabs. And the Champions League aspect of it is big as well for clubs like us.”

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