Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis insists he does not fear a Celtic procession towards an eighth league title in a row.
The Dons slipped five points behind the Hoops after missing out on the chance to move second on Saturday when they were held to a goalless draw by Kilmarnock at Pittodrie but Lewis, pictured, says it is too early to be concerned.
He said: “All the teams will drop points. It’s down to the teams at the top of the league to keep winning games. We can’t control what Celtic do unless we are playing them. We are just focusing on winning games and trying to get to the split.
“We were the best team after the split last season and hopefully we can be again. There is a lot of determination and grit which maybe we haven’t had as much of in previous seasons.”
The Dons keeper had one of the easiest afternoons of his career as Killie failed to muster an attempt at goal but there was no hiding his frustration at not taking three points.
Lewis said: “I organised the lads in front of me really well and managed to stop them getting to us. From my point of view it was a quiet game. They came here to try to stop us and counter-attack but we did really well defensively.
“They would have wanted to carry more of an attacking threat than they did but we were the team which looked more likely to score. We just didn’t quite have that final ball, final touch or delivery in the box and that’s why we feel frustrated and disappointed but we have to remind ourselves we didn’t lose the game. When we play at home we expect to create, score and take three points. That’s why we are disappointed.”
Lewis knows Saturday’s game will be good preparation for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup replay at Stenhousemuir.
He said: “It will be a massive game for us and for them on Tuesday. They will try to do what they did here, get boys behind the balls and face counter-attacking football but hopefully we can create some chances and score some goals.”