Date: 19th March 2007 at 9:56pm
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Jimmy Calderwood wants his team to forget about the heavy Rangers defeat and the fact they have probably blown their Champions League dream to bounce back and secure the UEFA Cup spot they would win for coming third in the SPL.

Jimmy still believes the season will have been a success if the Dons were to finish only below Celtic and Rangers. Although he has not given up his dream of having a crack at Europe`s top tournament he is being realistic and just wants to stress that qualification for the UEFA Cup is still a major achievement and a landmark event in the Dons ongoing re-building process.

‘We were all gutted by what happened at Ibrox but if we are in the UEFA Cup when the season ends in seven weeks everyone will be feeling absolutely brilliant again.

‘It’s still difficult to accept a performance as poor as the one at Ibrox.

‘But we have to make sure it is only a temporary blip and show more determination in the next two games, against Kilmarnock and Dundee United.

‘Hearts visit Hibs next, so if we take something at Rugby Park the bid to take Aberdeen back into Europe for the first time in five years will be even stronger.

‘We were bad at Ibrox, but I’m sure Hearts and Hibs would still be happier to be in our position in the SPL .

‘We are third in the table on merit, which is great when you consider the sort of money Hearts have spent on their squad.

‘The defeat by Rangers means it will now be very difficult to catch them because they will have got a massive boost in confidence.

‘But we have to keep battling in the seven remaining games and see where that takes us.’