Date: 20th May 2007 at 3:01am
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It all comes down to one match and that against their bitter rivals.

he script couldn’t have been written by anyone hoping to have it taken seriously but Aberdeen’s season now goes down to one ninety minute match which will not only determine their league position and also whether they qualify for Europe next season but will also go along way in how the club progresses with signing targets more likely to sign and current players and staff, including captain Russell Anderson as well as Assistant Manager Jimmy Nicholl, more likely to stay if European football is on the calendar next term.

In short, this match will have a huge, huge bearing on the club’s future.

And just when it seemed that the Dons had enough to contend with by having to face and beat Rangers to secure all this, some crazy events and rulings have been put in place to oppose the Dons cause.

Firstly and taking the Bizarrest TV Decision of the Year Award, Setanta have chosen the Kilmarnock V Hearts match as the game to show live despite and apart from the crucial nature of the game at Pittodrie, the fact that Aberdeen V Rangers is second only to the Old Firm with regards to SPL interest in general and in league placings this season as second plays third.

he only conclusion for this absurd choice is that Setanta expect Aberdeen to lose and the cameras wish to be there as Hearts celebrate their European qualification.

Secondly and perhaps most crucially, referee Craig Thomson has been put in charge of this mammoth match although he has no prior experience in handling the potentially and historically volatile fixture. Thomson is also the referee statistically proven to punish the Dons the most and the man regarded by fans and club officials alike as being the reason for some many of the eleven defeats from the fourteen Aberdeen games he has previously controlled.

Thirdly, the strange timing of the new rule that Dons fans cannot bring their huge, inspirational flags to the match any more despite doing so all season and for many seasons previously without concern.

A cynic would say that their is some sort of conspiracy against the Dons but hopefully Jimmy Calderwood can use these catalogue of events to drive his players on as there does certainly seem to be an anti-Aberdeen feeling this week.

But come 2 o’clock tomorrow and the eleven chosen men in red shirts take the field all these inexplicable circumstances have to be forgotten and everybody at the club, players, staff, fans, focused on the job in front of them,.

It’s Aberdeen V Rangers, the Dons need to win, there will be 22,000 fans in red screaming them on………