Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna hopes to avoid repeat performance as he locks horns with Kenny Miller again

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.
Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.

Scott McKenna hopes he has learned his lessons from a schooling by Kenny Miller last season.

Aberdeen were beaten 3-0 by Rangers at Ibrox in November with Miller to the fore, as McKenna felt the veteran striker dragged him out of position for team-mates to exploit.

Miller has scored seven goals in his last five games for tonight’s opponents Dundee and had been a big part of the mini-resurgence they had undergone with new manager Jim McIntyre.

With Miller also a reported transfer target for the Dons in the summer, McKenna is keen to ensure he does not have an enjoyable night at Pittodrie tonight.

He said: “I played against him when Rangers beat us 3-0 at Ibrox. He dragged me all over the place that night. That was a big learning curve for me that evening. Carlos Pena played behind him and Miller dragged me everywhere out of position. Rangers were the far better team that night but I have learned from that and hopefully that tomorrow that will be the case.

“In terms of movement and knowledge of the games, yes. I’ve heard from a lot of people that he is a great professional and you can see that. To still be playing at this level at 38 it is a credit to him. It is good to see him still banging in the goals. It is very good and positive for Dundee.

“He is a difficult opponent and we know we will have our hands full. You expect someone with that experience to give you problems. It will just be up to me to try and nullify that threat.”

Victory against the Dark Blues will put Aberdeen level on points with Celtic and a point behind the top two, Rangers and Kilmarnock, giving the season a much brighter perception than a month or two ago.

McKenna added: “We’re up to fourth now and if we beat Dundee we’ll just be a point behind both Kilmarnock and Celtic. So it is looking a lot better for us right now but we need to carry on winning and maintaining that momentum for the matches before the break.

“We are scoring a lot more goals recently which is really pleasing for everyone but we have been a bit slack at the back at times. Luckily the boys at the top end of the pitch have been bailing us out recently and if we get a good combination of both then the results will continue to be positive.”