Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has issued a rallying call to the club’s supporters to come out in force tonight and support the Scottish Premiership leaders.
The Dons moved to the summit of the Premiership on Saturday courtesy of a 2-1 win against champions Celtic and can open up a five-point gap at the top if they beat Hamilton Accies at Pittodrie tonight.
Saturday’s atmosphere was the best McInnes has experienced in his time at the club and he believes the vocal and sizeable support played its part in a famous Pittodrie win.
McInnes has called for a repeat performance from the supporters, urging has urged the Red Army to once again get right behind the players.
He said: “The noise at the end of the game was incredible, that was the best I’ve heard it since I came here.
“The noise levels when Paul Quinn scored and then again at the end was a first, really. I hadn’t heard our supporters like that before.
“They have been great but the noise levels were above anything else so far. It shows what can be done and we want more of it.
“The supporters have given us great backing and turn up in numbers but there will be people out there who planned to go to the Celtic game but maybe not Hamilton.
“If they can afford to come to both then I’d urge them to come along. It’s important we do have that level of support again against Hamilton.
“We want as many of the supporters who were there at the weekend back on Tuesday night. If they are still wavering I would ask them to come along and stay with us. The team here is deserving of the support and the supporters are now deserving of the team.”
McInnes knows the financial gap between Aberdeen and champions Celtic is one which the Dons cannot bridge but his hopes of adding to the squad in January will be strengthened by increasing the number of supporters attending home matches.
He said: “We will never bridge the gap with Celtic money-wise. But getting bigger crowds might help us get a player in January that we might otherwise not have been able to sign.
“Getting supporters through the gate adds weight to everything you’re doing. But, most importantly, we want to keep our run going. The only difference between the Hamilton game and the Celtic game is that we want to make it seven out of seven.
“The focus is on Hamilton rather than dwelling on Saturday.”