Date: 27th November 2006 at 11:45pm
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Dons Daren`t Dream

Gary Dempsey refuses to start dreaming about Europe next season as he looks at the tough fixtures Aberdeen have in December. The Dons play Celtic away next week and that match is then followed by Falkirk at home. The Red Army will then descend upon Tynecastle hoping to avenge their 3-1 defeat at Pittodrie the first time the teams met this season and to try and put Hearts further out of the Euro race. Aberdeen will then entertain Rangers just two days before Christmas Day in what promises to be a cracking battle.

It certainly is the toughest month any SPL team will have but confidence is high at Pittodrie as they go to Celtic on the back of four straight wins. The fans seem optimistic too as the Dons Parkhead allocation is already sold out.

On form Dempsey said: “We’re going well but we could just as easily run into a sequence of defeats. Celtic are next and that’ll be the test of how far we’ve come.

“Our confidence is sky high at the moment, which means we’ve nothing to lose when we go to Glasgow. We’ll be having a go at Celtic all right.

“The players aren’t getting carried away because we know we could just as easily hit a bad patch as carry on with our good run.

“We don’t want to say too much and then find out it’s a case of famous last words.

“I can understand the fans being head over heels at the moment and they should enjoy the feeling while they can but we have to take it one game at a time.”

Dons scorer Lee Miller said: “It was brilliant to chip in with a goal. Now we’ll be setting our stall out for three points at Celtic Park.

“The difference between now and the start of the season for us is that we’re now getting a rub of the green, such as the moment when Greg Shields tried to head the ball back to his keeper, slipped and let me in to score.

“There have been times when we’ve played better than we did against Dunfermline but failed to get the result we deserved.”

Jimmy Calderwood brought the Dons fans back to earth with some bad news ahead of the Celtic match as he revealed he could again be without some key men.

We have some players who are doubtful for Saturday’s game against Celtic. Lovell has the best chance of being back, Jamie Smith is a maybe and I don’t think Zander will make it but we will monitor them over the week and hopefully they will all make full recoveries.

He then went on to talk about the victory at Dunfermline and the form his team are now showing, he said “Dunfermline got a big lift from having a new manager in place. We never looked in trouble at the back and took our goals well. It was a good victory for us. We have had a reasonable away record since Jimmy and I came here and now we seem to be doing well both at home and away, which is very pleasing.

“December is going to be a massive test for us but if we can play like I know we can we should do ok. I think December will tell us a lot about where we are but we are going into it full of confidence and playing some decent football.”

In further Aberdeen related news, on loan Kyle Macualy scored a goal for his uncle Steve Paterson as the ex-Dons boss enjoyed his first victory as manager of Peterhead in their 3-1 victory over Bobby Connor`s Ayr United.

Paterson has also taken 19 year old goalkeeper Greg Kelly on loan from Aberdeen. Paterson said: “He has progressed at Aberdeen but is still behind their two keepers and this gives him the chance of a regular game.”