Attacker Adam Rooney is refusing to concede defeat in Aberdeen’s title race despite the Dons dropping two points at Dundee on Saturday.
Rooney took his tally for the season to 25 with a fine finish, but a mistake from midfielder Ryan Jack gifted Dundee an equaliser to leave the Dons’ hopes of going level with Celtic in tatters.
Rooney knows it was a huge opportunity missed for his side, but insisted his side will not concede defeat in the race to catch the Hoops.
He said: “It was two points thrown away. We did well to come back and get the three points against Motherwell last week but this feels like a defeat.
“At 1-0 up I fancied us to go away with the three points, but we gave away such a cheap goal and it’s a really sore one to take.
“We want to win every game and we’re disappointed not to have won this one, but all we can do is keep plugging away and trying to pick up points.
“We’ve thrown two points away but we will regroup and hopefully we can win all the remaining games and see where it takes us.”
Rooney’s impressive tally for the Dons in this campaign reached a new milestone with his 25th goal, but the former Caley Thistle player was frustrated his goal was not enough to claim the three points his club needed.
He said: “It’s nice to get another goal but we didn’t get the three points which is what matters. I feel confident and hopefully there are a few more to come between now and the end of the season.
“Scott Bain is a good goalkeeper and he has made some great saves when I’ve played against him – he did it again with a great save to keep my header out.”
Rooney’s goals have alerted Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neil, who has sent his assistant Roy Keane to watch the Dons forward.
The Dubliner would be honoured to represent his country, but has heard nothing from the Irish camp.
He said: “It would be nice, but I have to make sure I am doing my job here week in, week out.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone at Ireland but I’ve had a few tweets mentioning I was on the manager’s radar. But there are a lot of good players banging in goals down in England. Whatever happens is out of my hands and I’m just trying to do a good job here.”