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McINNES SETS DONS TARGET

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ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes has targeted second place as he prepares for tomorrow night’s game at Motherwell.

The Dons suffered a 2-0 loss to champions Celtic on Sunday to drop three points behind Rangers In third position in the Premiership.

McInnes has seen his side claim the runners-up spot behind the Hoops for three successive seasons and wants to repeat the feat.

He said: “We have always wanted Aberdeen to be as competitive as we can.

“We have managed to be that over the last few seasons. We have been in numerous Cup Finals and qualified for Europe every year.

“We have been proud of making sure that we have got that second spot. There is competition clearly this season.

“Other clubs have got their act together and are pushing us for that. Hopefully, we can qualify for Europe, get second spot.

“We have got 10 games to show how much that means to us and we’ve also got the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.”

The Dons will host Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup on Saturday and McInnes is desperate to get back to Hampden and make amends for his side’s stoppage-time defeat against Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles who completed the domestic clean sweep with Tom Rogic’s winner.

He added: “Having lost last year, we want to try to return and bring the trophy back.

“There are loads still to play for, but, hopefully, over the business end of the season we can deliver strong enough performances to make that come true.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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