Ryan Edmondson is relishing the challenge to keep his starting place at Aberdeen after the Leeds United loanee’s midweek antics.

The striker is on loan at Pittodrie until January from Premier League Leeds United. It’s the first time in his career that he has spent time away from Elland Road.

Spending time away from Leeds United. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport/Getty Images)

Edmondson made his first professional start in the midweek victory over Hamilton Accies, which the Dons won 4-2. It was a game in which the Leeds United loanee shone, scoring twice with an additional assist.

With talisman Sam Cosgrove still injured and the likes of Curtis Main struggling for fitness this term, Edmondson has a shot to earn consistent starts for the time being under Derek McInnes.

But he’s well aware that competition will be had for that striker spot as players start to return to fitness. That’s a challenge that Edmondson is willing to rise to.

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Ready to fight. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“It is always good to have the depth and quality in the squad,” he said (Red TV). “When you have that many forward players coming back from injury it does drive you on because you want to prove a point.

“Competition is always good in and around the squad because it is friendly competition here, but we all support each other. I didn’t think it was the best performance from me personally but to grab the goals and an assist keeps me in the gaffer’s mind and hopefully I can carry that on.

“The boy were unbelievable in some of our play during the 90 minutes. We have been moving the ball really well, we have been confident in the ball, we have been scoring, it is just important that we carry that on. We have a league game with Celtic this Sunday and then the cup semi-final which will be all guns blazing.

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Firing well. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“It will be a good challenge, but we are feeling confident and we are up to that test.”

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