Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna has admitted that the Dons have nobody but themselves to blame after the weekend defeat away to Hearts – but insisted the Pittodrie side are focused on qualifying for Europe.

The Dons slipped to fourth in the league table with seven games remaining in the campaign and face Dundee and Motherwell before the split.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Scott McKenna of Aberdeen walks on the pitch with team mates prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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McKenna insists the Dons are focused on reaching the top three and not simply the Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic in two weeks.

“Kilmarnock go ahead of us now and it’s our own fault. We have defeated ourselves on a few occasions this year in games we should have won,” McKenna said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Scott McKenna of Aberdeen scores the opening goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“We must try to put things right, starting with a win in midweek against Motherwell. We cannot afford to slip up much before the end of the season.

“We’re 100 per cent focusing on qualifying for Europe by finishing in the top three. The manager said before the game we could not only concentrate on one game, the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.”

The 1-0 defeat at Hearts has left the Dons two points behind Kilmarnock in third – and only two clear of Hearts in fifth.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 14: Scott McKenna is seen prior to the International Friendly match between Scotland and Portugal on October 14, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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McInnes’ side have struggled at home in recent weeks but can’t afford to drop any more points if they are to reach the Europa League.

Even if the Dons reach the Scottish Cup final it will be no guarantee of European football unless they can lift the trophy.

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