Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine believes the Dons can right their Old Firm wrongs this season.
The Reds have lost all five games against Rangers and Celtic this season, scoring only once, but the weekend’s goal hero knows his team-mates have it in their locker to end the run.
Saturday’s results saw Aberdeen cruise to a comfortable 3-0 win against Hamilton Accies, while both Rangers and Celtic lost, which simultaneously pushed the Pittodrie club closer to the leaders and further away from their nearest challengers for second place.
One more game against the Old Firm clubs is left before the split, with Celtic due to travel north on February 25, with two more fixtures to come when the Premiership breaks into the top and bottom halves.
Considine said: “Especially the three games against Rangers, I feel it’s a game that – I’m not sure if it is a bit of fear or what – but we haven’t really fired on all cylinders when we’ve played them this year home and away. When it comes to other teams, we’re not blowing them away, but we’re scoring goals being clinical and playing good football.
“It’s vital when we do come up against Celtic and Rangers we treat them exactly the same. It’s something as a team we probably need to overcome ourselves. They’re due to come to Pittodrie in three weeks, so that’ll hopefully show how far we’ve come.
“With the rivalry between the two teams, it’s built up to be a big game. We showed last season we can beat them, so it’s frustrating. We have to show the attitude the fans are desperate to see and we’ve got it in abundance. It’s just a case of doing it on the day.”
Considine’s brace against relegation-threatened Hamilton helped put the Dons six points clear of third-placed Rangers and cut the gap to Celtic to eight points.
His efforts were praised by boss Derek McInnes, who lauded him as one of the team’s unsung heroes and the 30-year-old has equally as much respect for his manager.
He said: “He was patient with me coming back from breaking my leg and I have to thank him for the trust he’s put in me. He’s brought my game on leaps and bounds and I’m just happy to be pulling on a red shirt week in, week out.
“It was nice to chip in. The past couple of seasons I’ve managed six or seven, so it was about time I pulled my finger out and got on the scoresheet.”