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Willie Miller: Duk and Miovski are Aberdeen’s most potent attacking threat since Rooney, Hayes and McGinn

Aberdeen's Bojan Miovski celebrates after making it 2-0 against Hibs. Image: SNS Group
Aberdeen's Bojan Miovski celebrates after making it 2-0 against Hibs. Image: SNS Group

The partnership of Bojan Miovski and Duk is the most potent attack force Aberdeen has had in many years.

Summer signings Miovski and Luis “Duk” Lopes have quickly forged a formidable partnership.

Former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes had three up top with Niall McGinn, Jonny Hayes and Adam Rooney which was really potent.

Duk and Miovski are as good as that.

They have already scored 18 goals between them this season and the signs are there that there are many more to come.

Aberdeen’s Luis Lopes and Hibs’ Kyle Magennis battle for possession.

Duk is a real threat, as his pace is frightening at times – and is causing defenders major problems with his direct play.

Cape Verde international Duk won the penalty that put Aberdeen 1-0 up in what would eventually be an impressive 4-1 defeat of Hibs.

Duk was also denied a goal against Hibs when an effort was cleared off the line.

North Macedonian international Miovski bagged a brace against Hibs with the converted penalty and a well-taken header.

Aberdeen’s Bojan Miovski celebrates after making it 1-0 against Hibs.

Together Duk and Miovski are a really potent combination.

It is a partnership I am really looking forward to watching for the rest of the season, and Duk and Miovski will be fundamental in the push to finish third.

Aberdeen were quick and sharp in the attack in Friday’s clash with Hibs.

Although the Easter Road club dominated the first half in terms of possession, I always felt the Dons carried a threat.

Miovski was secured from Hungarian club MTK Budapest in the summer and made an immediate impact with a quick-fire goal on his debut.

He has maintained that form and is now on 11 goals for the season in all competitions.

Aberdeen’s Bojan Miovski scores to make it 1-0 against Hibs. 

Aberdeen also signed Ylber Ramadani from MTK Budapest in the summer and he finally scored his first goal for the club against Hibs.

Ramadani has been very good as the anchor man in midfield. The Albanian international is always available defensively and in the build-up scenarios.

It was good to see him get his goal and, judging by his celebrations, Ramadani certainly enjoyed it.

He ran to celebrate in front of the supporters in the Red Shed.

Ramadani was booked for the celebration and I think a yellow card was harsh.

However that’s what happens when you want to share that joy with the fans.

Aberdeen’s Ylber Ramadani celebrates after making it 3-0 against Hibs.

Aberdeen need to turn away form around against Livingston

Aberdeen will tonight face Livingston away, and I believe this is one of the most important games of the season for the Reds.

They are on a high after the impressive defeat of Hibs.

However, so often this season, the momentum from a positive result at Pittodrie has been derailed by a setback away from home.

Aberdeen need to turn their away form around as they have been struggling on the road.

In contrast, the Reds have been superb at Pittodrie.

They are winning at home, scoring lots of goals, displaying real energy and delivering enjoyment to the fans at Pittodrie.

However, there is a flaw in the league campaign so far – which is away performances and away results.

Livingston away will be a real test.

It is a midweek fixture on an artificial surface and Livingston will be on a high after beating Kilmarnock 3-2 away on Friday night.

If Aberdeen can come through that with three points and turn their away form round, it will be an exciting season.

The away form is the only question mark that lies with this Aberdeen team at the moment.

Can they find the character, grit and determination to regularly win games away from Pittodrie?

Aberdeen’s Leighton Clarkson celebrates after making it 4-1 against Hibs.

Manager Jim Goodwin built a new team in the summer when signing 11 players.

That is a major upheaval of the squad and the new-look Dons must learn how to get wins away from home.

These are the games which will have a little less excitement for Aberdeen players than playing in front of home fans at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen are not at the Tony Macaroni Arena tonight to entertain Livingston fans. They are there to get three points for Aberdeen fans.

Livingston away will test not only Aberdeen’s style, but also their resolve.”

The Dons can excite as much as they want at Pittodrie – but away from home, it is a case of potentially going into a game where it could become attritional and a battle. So Aberdeen will have to change their style a little on the road.

Livingston away will test not only Aberdeen’s style, but also their resolve.

Under David Martindale, Livingston are again having a strong season so far.

Aberdeen’s Ylber Ramadani celebrates after making it 3-0 against Hibs.

They will be desperate to take the three points – but Aberdeen have to be desperate to turn their own away form around.

The win away to Motherwell recently was sandwiched between defeats on the road to Dundee United (4-0) and Rangers (4-1).

That win at Motherwell was an example of what Aberdeen can do on the road, and they have to repeat that tonight.

No issues with time of VAR decisions

There was a long period for the VAR decisions to be made at the end of the first half in Aberdeen’s 4-1 defeat of Hibs.

However, what ultimately matters is that the right decisions are made.

There were always going to be teething problems when VAR was introduced to the Scottish Premiership last month.

One of the criticisms of VAR since its introduction in Scotland is the length of time to make some decisions.

But VAR was ultimately brought in to ensure the right decision is made, and if that takes a little time, then so be it.

Aberdeen players complain about Hibs’ David Marshall hitting the ball off Bojan Miovski. Image: SNS.

It was particularly drawn out in the latter stage of the first half against Hibs as it was a complicated situation.

There were many aspects to be taken into consideration, including a VAR check for offside.

Then there had to be a VAR check for the contact between keeper Gordon Marshall and Duk.

It was a difficult one for the referee and the VAR officials to adjudicate on.

Referee David Munro looks at the VAR monitor for a potential penalty for a challenge by Marshall on Duk.

I wasn’t surprised that it took a length of time to get to the decision.

Ultimately you have to give VAR time to get used to those situations and decisions.

Ramsay has the world at his feet

Former Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay has the world at his feet as he is a very talented young player.

It was great to see the 19-year-old make his debut for Liverpool in the 2-0 Champions League defeat of Napoli at Anfield.

Ramsay transferred to six-time European giants Liverpool for an Aberdeen club record fee during the summer.

Calvin Ramsay comes on for Trent Alexander-Arnold to make his Liverpool debut.

When you go to a club as big as Liverpool that first-team opportunity may never come, regardless of how much was paid for you.

However, Ramsay has pushed himself to get that opportunity against Napoli.

He must have the confidence to realise he is at Liverpool for a reason = because of the superb levels he produced at Aberdeen.

The teenager must know he deserves to be at Anfield.

Liverpool’s Calvin Ramsay before a Uefa Champions League match against Rangers at Anfield.

He will rub shoulders with the very best, but should not feel inferior in any way.

Plenty of Scottish players have gone to the English top flight and been brilliant and made a huge impact.

That is what Scotland U21 international Ramsay’s task is now.

Calvin Ramsay during a Liverpool training session at the AXA Training Centre, on October 3, 2022.

It was wonderful to see him get that debut with Liverpool in such a huge game for the club.

Beating Napoli, who are flying high in Serie A, secured Liverpool’s slot in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

And Ramsay certainly did not look out of place at that level.