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December 1, 2017 7:09 pm Author: AFC Media Team

We look ahead to the visit of Rangers to Pittodrie this Sunday

Aberdeen take on Rangers at Pittodrie on Sunday in the second of a double-header against the side from Govan. The Dons fell to a 3-0 defeat at Ibrox on Wednesday night and will look to bounce back with a stronger performance and positive result when the sides meet again.

The team are still sitting second in the table and will look to consolidate that position with a win.

WHAT THE MANAGER SAID:

“We need to try and do a lot better, especially in the early part to make the game go our way. We’re searching for that consistency like any team to get wins back to back and hopefully we can do that. First thing first let’s try and get those points that we lost the other night.

“We’ve had some setbacks on the road this season, but we’ve also shown a decent level of consistency and that’s why we are in December and still sitting second in the league.

“I think certain games generate the atmosphere easier than others and this game the supporters will be eager to help the team. We’ve got to help them as we normally do, and we try to play the game on the pitch that the supporters expect and hopefully they get behind the team because it will be a collective effort if we’re going to get the job done.”

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WHAT KARI ARNASON SAID:

“We have to show up and start from minute one and just do what we’re good at. We didn’t keep the ball well enough and turned it into lumping it long for most of the first half. Obviously, we know the positives are we’re in the driving seat over Rangers, but have to perform to get the result.

“We go into every game to win it and that’s our intention. We know how important it is to all the fans and those around The Club, so we just have to perform.”

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WHAT ANTHONY O’CONNOR SAID:

“There are ways to lose games of football and the way we lost on Wednesday was not it. We know that we need to show more desire and passion first and foremost. This game has come around very quickly so we need to move on. We understand what the game means to the fans. There would be no better way to bounce back than on getting a result on Sunday. 

“Some performances recently have not been what they should be. Even games we have been winning we have not been playing as well as we can and performing to the standards we should be. I can’t put my finger on it.

“It is a positive is that we are winning games without playing our best. When we do perform as well as we can, we can compete with anyone. We need to try and find that consistency. Hopefully on Sunday we can get back to winning ways then kick on over the Christmas period. 

“The crowd have a big part to play on Sunday. I can fully understand they were not happy after Wednesday, but everyone needs to stick together. They make such a difference when they get behind the players. They drive us on. We also need to give them a lift.”

LOOKING AHEAD

Aberdeen have a more than impressive December in the time Derek McInnes has been in charge. With 14 league wins out of a possible 21 games, December has often been fruitful for The Dons in recent years and Sunday’s match kicks off a busy month for The Dons. With seven games to come, each point could be crucial as the season enters its second half after the winter break. Trips to Dundee and St Johnstone come before Hibernian visit Pittodrie for a Saturday lunchtime match on the 16th. A visit to Celtic Park two days before Christmas will be followed by home matches against Partick Thistle and Hearts to bring the Dons into the winter break.


Travel Information

Police Scotland have informed us of the following planned roadworks which will affect travel to the game on Sunday:

A90 at Blackdog –  A contraflow will be in place over the weekend with one lane in either direction.

 A90 at Stonehaven –  A Contraflow in place over the weekend with one lane in either direction.

A90 at Charleston – Lane closures in both directions for central reserve and verge work.  Unsure which lanes will be closed at which times, but there will only be one lane in either direction over the weekend.

A956 on approach to A90 – One lane either direction as per current traffic management.

B9077 at A93 – B9077 is due to be closed at this location with 3-way lights and short diversion in place.  The Construction Team hope to have all works completed by Saturday afternoon, but this is weather dependent.


RedTV will have live coverage of Sunday’s match from 12.15pm including live video coverage on RedTV International with guest, Stuart Duff. Post match there will be reaction, a full match replay, highlights & more.

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