Diamond Sharpens Up

Aberdeen will look to Zander Diamond to remedy a defence that let in exactly zero goals while he was a mainstay at the start of the season, but has shipped seven in the last two games in Glasgow. The big man will play in tomorrow night's friendly for the Dons in an effort to be fit for the crucial Pittodrie encounter with Hearts on Sunday.

With three points gained from a pair of fixtures that many Dons fans would have expected none from, the Dons can reflect upon the joy of another win at Celtic Park and the pain of Sunday's drubbing with severely mixed emotions. The overall outcome however is that Aberdeen are sitting pretty three points clear of nearest challengers Hearts and Kilmarnock, both of whom must take the trip to Pittodrie in the next month. Any win next Sunday would see the Reds retain their clear third place, and restore their goal-difference advantage over their UEFA Cup-place rivals.

As I wrote in the article titled Dons Red-y for Bleating Celts, "any result against the Old Firm clubs would be welcome, but frankly wins in Glasgow are not a priority at the moment. Good performances are paramount to keep the players' confidence up for the truly vital fixtures coming up at home against the likes of Hearts". This was no empty comment, and while yesterday was a disappointment there is no point lingering upon it, and in fact this may prove to be a blessing in disguise. The team will improve on the back of the result, and the fans who were beginning to run before they can crawl will come back down to earth after last Wednesday's result.