GRAEME SHINNIE is convinced Aberdeen will overcome their Rangers hoodoo tomorrow night – and book their spot in the Europa League.

The Dons are in second place a point ahead of the Ibrox side and a win at Pittodrie would make them favourites for second place.

Remarkably, Derek McInnes’ team have not take a single point off their opponents this season.

However, skipper Shinnie said: “Some of the games could have gone either way and we’ve ended up on the wrong side.

“It’s not been good enough, but I don’t think there’s been a great difference in the games. They were a lot better than us in the first game. Technically, we were not at it as players.

“We need to change that tomorrow night. The main thing is the fight for second and to do that we need to beat Rangers which would be nice as well.

“Our whole focus is on finishing second – that’s what means the most to us.”

Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibs all have a chance of finishing second with two games to go and Shinnie accepted it could go down to the wire against champions Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday if they slip up on this occasion.

He added: “We knew it would come down to these two games.

“We had work to do against Kilmarnock and Hearts. They were not easy games, but we got the job done. This draw against Hibs sets up nicely for our biggest game of the season.

“It’s important for the fans, the players and the staff. Second would be a massive achievement.”

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