Date: 14th September 2007 at 1:47pm
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Aberdeen face the first match of seven that they will contest in the next 22 days which will have them compete in three different tournaments.

Motherwell are the immediate opposition and Jimmy Calderwood can look no further forward than this match as he tries to rectify the Dons ropey start to the season. Aberdeen are expected to pick up three points despite Mark McGhee having his side playing attractive football which has rightfully seen them climb higher than the Dons in the league.

Dons number 1 Derek Soutar is well aware of the danger his side will be facing tomorrow as he told Red Web, “I expect a really hard game but once we have that out of the way, hopefully with the right result, only then can we start concentrating on Dnipro”.

The Thursday night match is clearly going to be very tough as Dnipro are stacked with international players who play for Ukraine and its surrounding countries but Calderwood is looking forward to the challenge.

He wants to win the Motherwell match first though to springboard his team onto the Euro match and sees success in Europe as being the key to securing the club`s long-term future at the top end of Scottish football.

A run in Europe would help finance new contract offers to existing players, many of which are out of contract at the end of the season and obviously help the boss strengthen his squad in the future.

He told Reds Online about his need for European and domestic cup progress.

‘A lot depends on results. If we do well in the cup competitions and go further in Europe, that would certainly help financially.

‘The future is really in their hands because the more successful they are, the more possibilities there will be to agree new contracts.’

Calderwood warned his players to think long and hard before deciding on their futures.

He added: ‘The grass isn’t always greener elsewhere.

With all due respect, when you leave a club like Aberdeen, it’s often downhill afterwards.’

With Thursday already in mind as the Dons return a long awaited European return, our poll is simply asking, “Can Aberdeen overturn Dnipro?”.