Date: 20th May 2007 at 4:28pm
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The Dons done it the hard way after a long season with many highs and lows but how satisfying is a 2-0 victory over Rangers on the last day of the season to secure your European place?

A packed Pittodrie witnessed the best Aberdeen performance against their arch-rivals in years in a game the Dons owned from the kick off.

Two amazing goals, one a thirty yard stunner from Scott Severin and the other a class finish from Steve Lovell put Aberdeen into Europe for the first time in five years, it also meant that the team didn`t end the season as the first Dons side in 50 years not to have taken a point of the Old Firm in a full season.

A great team effort saw defenders attacking and strikers defending which meant that Rangers were limited to only two chances in the full game that gave Langfield any trouble.

Make no mistake, Rangers came to Pittodrie looking to blow Aberdeen`s Euro chances and this was a hard fought match between two clubs with serious bad blood between them. Jimmy Calderwood gave his pre-match interview and many pundits remarked that he looked nervous and well he might have understandably been. His team were almost caught by a club that he had personally written off but I thought Jimmy just seemed excited and this was conveyed by his team straight from the start as they looked livelier, very buoyant, more interested and certainly more than a match for their Champions League bound visitors right from the first whistle.

In the end, Hearts deservedly lost to Kilmarnock on the day but after Jamie Smith headed down to perfectly tee up Scott Severin for his breathtaking strike, events at Rugby Park were incidental.

This result proves the Dons are capable of competing at the top end of the league and have the basis of a very good team. It also proves they can rise to the occasion, which had been in question and winning this game that meant to so much to the Dons proves they can conquer that psychological edge.

What a magnificent end to another excellent campaign under Calderwood but enough of my ramblings, it`s time to celebrate????..



STAND FREE

WHERE EVER YOU MAY BE

COS WE ARE THE FAMOUS ABERDEEN

WE DON`T CARE AT ALL

WHOEVER YOU MAY BE

COS WE ARE THE FAMOUS ABERDEEN



Congratulations to Jimmy and his staff, the players of course and visitors to Vital Aberdeen; enjoy your day and summer.

Have your say on the season, the good and the bad and what you expect for next year after today`s stunning result on the Vital Aberdeen Forum.