Aberdeen defender Mikey Devlin has told his Dons team-mates they can’t dwell on the Hampden defeat by Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday and insists they must focus on securing a Europa League spot.

If the Dons can finish third in the league they will guarantee European football for a sixth successive season – and Devlin doesn’t want the Hampden loss to derail that.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 14: Mikey Devlin ilooks on prior to the International Friendly match between Scotland and Portugal on October 14, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The Dons stopper insists the only way to turn things around is to go out and beat Kilmarnock this weekend in their massive showdown at Rugby Park.

“We don’t have time to dwell on it and not get over it because we have got five more league games,” Devlin told the Evening Express.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Jonathan Hayes of Celtic goes past Mikey Devlin of Aberdeen

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“We have got a target of where we want to finish and we need to go and do that.

“The only way we can try to put that right is by trying to kick on in the next game and get three points there.

“The next game is now the most important and we need to try to come back. The motivation is already there to try to get a European spot.”

With both sides having to face the other five sides that make up the Scottish Premiership’s top six, there are no easy games between now and the end of the campaign.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 14: Jonathan Hayes of Celtic is fouled by Mikey Devlin of Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Dons will need to hope they can pick up as many points as possible if they are to keep their fantastic recent record of European qualification up.

If they don’t it could end up forcing the Pittodrie side into moving some of their better players on and freeing up some funds.

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