Alex McLeish may be forgiven for feeling rather positive this early in the season after witnessing his Aberdeen take maximum points from their opening two games. Currently joint top of the Scottish Premiership, the Dons have impressed this August with a hard-fought win over Kilmarnock before a resounding 3-1 away result at Motherwell on Sunday.
So positive has the start of the campaign been that McLeish – who is out of work after being sacked by Nottingham Forrest last term – was drawn into speculation over the possible outcome of Aberdeen’s season during an interview with BBC Sportsound. Despite withholding a claim for the Premiership title, McLeish did have these words of hope for Dons fans betting with Betfair ahead of next weekend’s clash with Celtic:
“[The players have] got Celtic this weekend and that will be a really big game for them. If they can win that one then it’ll go a long way to convincing the troops that there’s good times ahead.”
Following Celtic’s narrow 2-1 win over Ross County in their season opener, it is clear the champions won’t have it all their own way this year. Aberdeen can certainly compete at Pittodrie but a win doesn’t mean they’ll lead the title race this term. We must be careful not to jump too far too early on this one. Dons fans have been waiting for success for a long time now and early-season results are no guarantee of consistency for the rest of the campaign.
Speculation over the title race at this stage only arises because there is very little else to talk about. Once the season is in full swing those rumblings will die down. For the good of the team Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes should refrain from being drawn into the same line of questioning as McLeish and instead focus on winning games as they come.