Andy Considine wants Aberdeen to keep going about their business quietly as they challenge for the top of the Premiership.
Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Dundee put them a point off top spot, before last night’s games, and Considine hopes the Dons continue to thrive under the challenge of staying with the rest of the top four.
Second spot has been Aberdeen’s for the previous four seasons, with last season’s finish being secured by beating Celtic 1-0 at Parkhead – courtesy of a Considine goal.
However, there has been a renewed challenge to Celtic’s dominance this season, with Kilmarnock, Rangers and Hearts also holding top spot at various points. Hearts visit Pittodrie on Saturday and Celtic do the same on Boxing Day, as the Dons look to extend their three-game winning run.
Considine feels the league has had a refreshing look for the neutrals this season but reckons flying under the radar is the best bet for Aberdeen.
He said: “The league is refreshing for everyone to see. I felt last year it was tough but this year it’s stepped up again. Credit to Kilmarnock, who are sitting top. Every year it gets stronger and it’s great for Scottish football. We knew it would be tough to be up top again but as a club, we’ve always done our business quietly. The results speak for themselves at the end of the season.
“There’s always pressure here. The past three or four years we’ve sat second and chasing Celtic to the top. It’s been an inconsistent start but we’ve had one or two games in hand, so we’re sitting fourth and go into Saturday full of confidence. I feel we’re getting a bit of momentum now.
“It’s probably been our most inconsistent season. We’ve got a fantastic chance over the next week or so with three huge games – if we can take the momentum from that hopefully we can get the wins we needed.”
The Dons have played six games so far in December with three to go and while it is tough on the legs, the momentum it can generate has the ability to propel teams up the table.
Considine added: “I find we kick on at this time of year. I feel because we’ve had much the same 11 going out, we’re getting used to each other and trusting each other and doing the job we need to do.
“You want to make Pittodrie a place teams don’t want to come to. Performances like that reaps confidence throughout the squad and we’ve got three massive games now before the end of the year.”