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Considine: No room for complacency in Scottish Premiership race

Aberdeen's Andy Considine
Aberdeen's Andy Considine

Aberdeen’s lead on Rangers is now 10 points but defender Andy Considine insists there is no room for complacency in the race to finish best of the rest in the Scottish Premiership.

The Dons moved 11 points clear of the Light Blues thanks to a stunning 7-0 demolition of Dundee at Dens Park on Friday and the Gers were only able to close the gap by a point after they were held 1-1 at home by Motherwell on Saturday.

Aberdeen can take a huge step towards clinching second place when they face Rangers at Pittodrie on Sunday but Considine insists the focus is solely on trying to extend their lead to 13 points by beating Caley Thistle at Pittodrie tomorrow.

He said: “The main thing is that we are only concerned about ourselves.

“We know they are chasing us but all we need to do is to concentrate on Inverness on Tuesday. We just need to get our heads screwed on for that one and get the result we need.

“If we can keep up the form it is there for us. We need to look after ourselves. I know everyone of the players in our dressing-room is desperate to clinch second spot but there is a lot of football still to be played.

“If we can keep our heads down then fingers crossed we can do it.”

Gers manager Pedro Caixinha watched the Dons demolish Dundee on Friday and Considine believes the display will have impressed the Portuguese.

He said: “I’d like to think he would have gone away thinking we are a very good team.

“I’m sure he believes we will give them a tough test when we have to play them on Sunday but the main thing is we need to concentrate on ourselves.

“It doesn’t matter what they are saying. We just need to go into Tuesday night and the rest of our games and do the job we need to do.

“It has been a long season but the players do look very fresh. We get time off when the manager feels it is right and it works. It showed on Friday.

“We had a good week of training and the players looked extremely sharp against Dundee and fingers crossed we can keep that going into the run-in.”

Considine’s first senior hat-trick of his career was the highlight of Aberdeen’s win at Dundee and provided the perfect birthday present as he celebrated turning 30 on Saturday.

He said: “I should have had four. I managed to get clear of my man but I didn’t put enough on it but hopefully I made up for it. I got the ball and my shirt signed and I am delighted.”

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