Date: 17th March 2007 at 10:59am
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As the Dons fans ready themselves for today`s crucial battle, Jimmy Calderwood is playing down the occasion a little in the hope that his boys remain focused on the job.

here is no shortage of self belief in the Aberdeen ranks as they aim the end the 16 year winless run at Ibrox but Calderwood is only interested on what happens on the pitch today and not looking back to that period.

Jimmy will today go for the throat of Rangers instead of the damage limitation efforts of years gone by as the fortunes of the clubs have been on a more even keel recently.

He said: ‘I don’t know if it is the biggest game at Ibrox since the league decider in 1991 as there are still seven games to go after tomorrow, but it would be nice if the roles are reversed and Rangers are here on the last day of the season and it is all to play for.

‘It is a very important game and, hopefully, the players are looking forward to it as much as I am. I’ve talked to a few supporters this week and they are really looking forward to the match. I don’t know if they have always said that in the past.

‘We have some very good players but they have to play as they can and enjoy the occasion. You have to commit men forward to win games and we won’t be sitting back. We are going to Ibrox to win the game and that will be evident in the starting line-up.’

The Govan born boss knows these matches are special affairs and today`s carries the most significance in more than a decade and a half with the teams so close together on points and vying for the same Champions League goal.

He said: ‘It does not matter if there is nothing at stake in these games, the atmosphere is always electric. These games are special. The ground is deafening and my players can’t hear a word I say. There will be 50,000 people shouting for all their worth but I want every one of my players going on to the pitch thinking ‘I want to be the best player on the park’.

‘Barry Ferguson is a good player for Rangers and, if we can keep him quiet, we have a great chance of winning the game.’

Jimmy is pleased to see the Ibrox pitch in all it`s re-turfed glory and thinks it will suit his teams passing game, ‘The new pitch will help us. The players know they can do it but it is all about proving it.’