Date: 4th May 2008 at 7:12pm
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Pinch me. Ouch! Oh my god. Is this true? It can’t be. Surely not.

Six weeks ago, on 22nd March, after a 1-1 home draw with St. Mirren, it looked highly unlikely we’d qualify for the top six. With two games before the split, we sat 3 points behind Falkirk, who we played on the final game before the split. First of all we needed to overcome Inverness and a 94th minute winner from Chris Maguire was the last in a 4-3 thriller. And the following Monday against Falkirk it was Maguire who took the plaudits again with a double to sink Falkirk 2-1.

I won’t even bother with Queen of the South but two weeks after the Falkirk game, the Dons were robbed of a point when the man in the middle disallowed Diamond’s last minute effort for a non-existant hand ball and the game finished 1-0 in Celtic’s favour. And just last week against Hibs the Dons went behind but showed character in fighting back to claim 3 more vital points in a 2-1 victory. Yesterday, Pittodrie was the host again as Aberdeen rode their luck but took their chances as we narrowed the gap between us and 3rd to just three points with two games remaining after another 2-1 win, this time against Dundee United.

I was torn to shreds on a certain Aberdeen forum after the win over Falkirk for even thinking about finishing 3rd but 5 games and 4 wins after the draw against St. Mirren, European football is within touching distance once again for Aberdeen.

Should we steal 3 points from Fir Park next week against Motherwell, we will be joint 3rd on goal difference should Dundee United take nothing from Ibrox. That will mean that it will all come down to the last game of the season on Thursday, 22 May at Pittodrie against Rangers for what should be a title and European qualification decider.

Some said after the catastrophe that was the Scottish Cup semi-final 3rd wouldn’t make up for it. But given where we came from i.e. nowhere, to me it certainly would. But only 3rd and nothing else will do that.

I don’t believe it but I still believe.