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GIVEN what a terrible season we’ve
had, the ending is actually quite
Even Tangoman will be ready to melt if
exciting. After our defeat at Ibrox
it looked as though we were dead we fry Dons on Sunday, writes Roland Tye
and buried with nothing left to play
for. It was time to rebuild and maybe want to win. Having lost to us, Celtic replace him and it is therefore up to all
blood some youngsters. will not wish to lose at home again this the players to work that little bit harder
Last weekend changed all that. No
season. They will probably play some to make up for his absence.
one expected us to win at Celtic Park,
youngsters and fringe players – but Sunday’s match is pivotal and, given
and certainly not in the manner that
these guys are still decent and will the Kingston situation, is finely poised.
we did. Sunday’s incredible win gives
be desperate to impress. Aberdeen say that they want to win
us a real chance of catching Aberdeen
They certainly will not give Aberdeen but I think they’ll be very cagey and
and it’s now down to the players to
an easy ride. would be happy with a draw. They
show that they have the mental strength
Aberdeen versus Rangers matches have shown this season that they can
to grab third place.
are always frenetic and competitive defend well and are a very hard team
That’s fundamentally what it comes
games played in a derby atmosphere. to break down.
down to during what Alex Ferguson
Given the intense rivalry between Equally, they know that our scoring
calls “squeaky bum time”.
the two, Rangers always want to record is poor – we’ve only averaged
Aberdeen have played well this season
beat Aberdeen and this match will be a goal a game since the turn of the year
and have surpassed all expectations.
no different. – and that we lack the attacking threat
They’ve also shown real determination
Even if there’s no prize to play for, of last season.
and won games they didn’t deserve to.
the acrimony between the fans will They’ll sit in, frustrate us and look to
But the league table doesn’t lie. They
spur the Rangers players on. I don’t hit us on the break. Essentially the game
haven’t been much better than a Hearts
think Aberdeen will take more than will be a midfield battle and one of few
side that’s failed to live up to the hype.
a point from these two games. chances. I don’t imagine it will be pretty.
Missing out on Europe would feel like
Of course this will all be academic Hearts will have to show character
a failure for Aberdeen and the pressure
if Hearts don’t win on Sunday. and patience. This goes for the fans
is on them to deliver something tangible
OK a draw might be good enough but, as well as the players.
for their season’s efforts. They’ll be
realistically, we have to take all three We’ve turned some woeful displays
feeling that pressure on Sunday.
points – preferably by a few goals to into victories this season with late
By contrast, qualifying for Europe
swing the goal difference in our favour. goals and I suspect we may have to do SUNDA
gives our players a chance to redeem
A defeat and it’s all over. so again on Sunday.
SPL: Hearts v
Aberdeen 2pm (Setanta)
themselves after a dreadful campaign.
Kingston’s three-match ban, which The fans have to give their all and
They’ll be full of confidence after
will see him miss the rest of the season, cheer for 90 minutes, not boo after 70 if
Sunday and determined to prove all the
was inevitable but is still a huge blow. things aren’t going our way. If we can do
SPL: Hearts v Hibs 12.30pm (Setanta)
doubters wrong. I believe that gives
He was our stand-out player at Celtic that, hopefully the players will respond.
Hearts a mental edge even though we
Park and has been our most consistent Aberdeen are there for the taking.
SPL: Kilmarnock v
Y, MAY 20:
go into the match four points behind.
performer since his arrival. Their bottle is ready to crash. Sunday Clydesdale Bank SPL
Hearts 2pm
Aberdeen then face two very difficult
He is a player who always finds time is our chance to really put the heat
matches against the Old Firm. The
on the ball and is a constant threat on Tangoman.
All fixtures and kick off times correct at time
kicks-off Saturday, August 4, 2007.
– new season
Glasgow clubs have nothing left to play
from set-pieces. If we can do that then maybe, just
of going to press. Please check with club.
for but, being the Old Firm, they’ll still
We do not have anyone who can maybe, we’ll be going to Europe after all.
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