DEREK McINNES promised Aberdeen would fight all the way to be the best of the rest behind Celtic after their 2-0 win Over Motherwell at Fir Park last night.

The Dons leapfrogged Rangers into second place in the Premiership with goals from Kari Arnason and Kenny McLean putting them three points ahead of the Ibrox side with six games still to play.

The Pittodrie boss said: “We are there or thereabouts where we normally are at this stage of the season. We’ve usually secured Europe and second spot by now, but it’s clear to see it’s going to be a real challenge.

“Hibs are doing brilliant under Neil Lennon, Rangers have some very good players and you’d expect them, with what they’ve spent, that they would be the ones who should be at least closest to Celtic.

“But all three teams will be doing all they can to finish second. It’s important for us to get a European spot. We’re proud of the fact we’ve managed to finish second over the past few seasons.

“Some people say it’s easy – if that was the case, then why has no-one else done it? Last season, everyone said we’d get pushed aside with Rangers coming back up.

“That wasn’t the case and this year we’re fighting tooth and nail to be the next best team if Celtic are going to win it.”

HAND IT TO DONS…Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson applauded Aberdeen.

A quickfire second-half double sealed three points for the visitors at Fir Park and McInnes felt it was deserved.

He added: “There was a lot at stake for both teams and I’m glad we found a way to win it. We competed from the outset and nullified the threat of their two centre-forwards.”

Well gaffer Stephen Robinson admitted: “It was a poor first-half, it was scrappy and the conditions didn’t help because the pitch was hard to play on. They were better than us without really hurting us.

“We started the second-half really well and had a good 15-minute period. We said at half-time a set-play would win this game and, in fact, two set-plays won the game because we lose our man from a corner and from a throw-in and they score.

“That is why Aberdeen are second in the league. When it is scrappy, they can come out and win games. After going 1-0 up, they were physical and controlled the game.”

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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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