Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne believes Dons boss Derek McInnes can still take the club further.

McInnes is heading into his seventh year as manager at Pittodrie and his contract expires at the end of the 2019/20 season.

McInnes is heading into his seventh year as Dons boss. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Milne still believes that more can be done though, with one particular aim of McInnes’ being the Europa League group stages.

He told the Press and Journal: “Before Derek took the job he was convinced he could deliver success for Aberdeen and he has done that. There are some people that think he has hit a glass ceiling with this club and can’t take us any further.

“That’s not the case as Derek is convinced we have given ourselves a fantastic platform over his six years in charge and he wants to kick on from there.

McInnes has set his expectations high. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He still has the aspiration to take the team into the group stages of European football as that is one area where we haven’t quite achieved.”

Europa League group stages is an ambitious target

It’s nice to see McInnes setting the bar high. If the Dons reached the group stages of the Europa League it would certainly be a stellar achievement.

Is it going to happen though? Probably not.

For Aberdeen, Europa League group stages are a bit of a pipe dream. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When you get to the latter stages of the qualifying draw and teams like Wolves are possible opponents, Aberdeen just can’t compete. These clubs have superior squads and resources.

It’s no embarrassment if they can’t make these groups, they aren’t really expected to. Fans shouldn’t fully believe this is going to happen. It’s just a target, and a really ambitious one at that.

If Aberdeen get into the group stages of the Europa League, massive credit should go to McInnes. With his budget, the Dons shouldn’t be near it.

It’d be a terrific achievement if they did make it. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The target is a good one to have though. Hopefully it pushes the Reds to success during the qualifying rounds.

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