Date: 17th May 2007 at 9:55am
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A glorious but not often seen sight will be a sold out and packed to the rafters Pittodrie on Sunday as the supporters of the Dons rally to the teams cause and hopefully help push them over the final Euro line.

There will be no question of Rangers lying down or any of that nonsense, if the Dons achieve UEFA Cup qualification, they`ll have merited it fully and can finally show that they can handle the big occasion.

Jimmy Calderwood will finally be getting what he has asked for and been promised, a full Pittodrie desperate to see their side winning as the fans show their loyalty in selling out the 22,000 capacity stadium.

Jimmy knows how important those fans can be and he wants his team to put on a show for them but he knows that lessons must be learned from previous matches against the Old Firm where Aberdeen have been goals down in the early stages despite controlling the match.

Calderwood spoke of his delight at getting only his second full house of the season and what it could mean to the team, ‘They are really coming out in force for this one and they are going to be so important.

‘There is massive optimism and they know how close we are. Their support could be the difference in us getting there. If we lose a goal they will stay behind us, as this is like a cup final. It’s all or nothing this weekend.

‘Wanting to win a game of football is one thing, but there is something to be said for needing to win a game, which is the position we now find ourselves in.

‘Our minds are firmly set on winning our game.’

But he recalls the previous matches when the Glasgow giants have came knocking this season and walked away with 3 points each time which he feels haven`t been fully merited and lessons have to be learned.

He said, ‘We haven’t given ourselves a chance against Rangers or Celtic here this season. We have been two goals down in just 20 minutes twice at home against them which you can’t afford to do.

‘We have worked so hard for this. For some of the players it has been a three-year journey, while for others it has been just this year. But the outcome is the same – we want this badly.

‘We have had a very good season, but it could be even better if we win on Sunday.’



hat a way to end a season it would be Rangers will be in no mood to do us any favours after their surprise defeat to Kilmarnock, something the Aberdeen boss is well aware of.

Jimmy sees an angry and wounded Rangers team coming his way who`ll also want to give their fans a victory before the summer break and players who`ll be playing for their careers at the club too.

Walter Smith was extremely upset that he lost his unbeaten record last week and will be doing his best to try and make amends with a good result against on of his team`s fiercest rivals.

And Calderwood is all too aware of what his team is going to be facing, ‘As a manager you set standards and that is why Walter was so annoyed on Sunday.

‘His players didn’t reach them and he was bitterly disappointed.

‘Rangers have had such a good run, but their performance on Sunday was nothing like what we have seen in the last three months and I expect a reaction.

‘On the other hand, I was also speaking to Jim Jefferies who was on a real high at seeing Kilmarnock win at Ibrox.

‘His players showed real desire and hunger which bodes well for their game against Hearts.

‘But it is all about what we do. We have been playing really well and we should have won at Celtic Park on Saturday.’

It`s the last chance for Aberdeen after blowing opportunities against Hearts and Celtic.

t`s the culmination of a season`s hard work where the team has grafted for points in every game and sometimes only getting them through sheer determination which has been enough for them to snatch a last minute goal in matches.

But they will be facing Rangers who won`t be out to do Aberdeen any favours so do you think the Dons can do it and what will it take?

ho should play in the team since Chris Clark is suspended and should Steve Lovell start after his horror miss at Parkhead?

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