Aberdeen are getting judged on their performances against the likes of Celtic- which must mean they’re rivaling them according to Ash Taylor.
The Dons defender and his Red Army teammates will look to pull off a big shock in Glasgow this Saturday. They’ll take on a Celtic side who are on a formidable domestic run, winning ten in a row.
Taylor believes though that Aberdeen can travel to Parkhead with ‘confidence’ after their most recent battle with a member of Glasgow’s big two.
He told the Daily Record: “Of course we can take a lot from that. The way we battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 was there for all to see. It has given everyone in our dressing room the belief, especially if you are coming back from 2-0 down and against a top Rangers team who are also doing so well both domestically and in Europe as well.
“If we are getting judged on the big games against the Old Firm then it must mean we are competing against them. We just need to go there and put on a performance we know we are capable of. “We can go to Celtic with a bit of confidence from the win against Hamilton and the clean sheet.”
Aberdeen want to challenge the top two
There’s clearly belief in Taylor anyway ahead of the Celtic Park trip. Aberdeen, as Scotland’s third force for a few seasons now, are one of the only teams who’ll judge themselves on results against Celtic and Rangers.
That doesn’t mean they won’t be aware of the task that lies in wait for them though. Aberdeen will be big underdogs at Parkhead and will largely be expected to drop points.
With a tasty third place race heating up with Motherwell, that won’t be on their minds. Derek McInnes will be hoping his side to take something from this bout.
Taylor’s mentality suggest they believe they can do just that.