Date: 16th July 2007 at 4:36pm
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The Dons are shaping up well for the new season with 2 comfortable victories over their local opposition and the new boys seem to be settling in well.

Jimmy has now got his strongest Dons squad to date and he`s no doubt enjoying the luxuries that having so many options brings as he experiments with fresh new formations, tactics and personnel that will hopefully see the club get off to a great start when the SPL kicks off in August.

There hasn`t been a more exciting or positive time to be a Dons fan in decades and that`s only looking at our own strengths. Jimmy Calderwood has already stated that he expects the team to be able to deal with anyone out with the Old Firm such is his belief in the strength of the squad he now has at his disposal.

No doubt comments like that often turn round and bite you but having a look at what the other expected challengers Hearts, Hibs and Dundee United have done over the summer period makes it hard not to agree with him.

Hibs have sold their best and not brought in similar quality, Hearts are verging on losing their prize asset Craig Gordon with no intake of anyone capable of raising the Tynecastle average and Dundee United have signed the unknowns Lukasz Zaluska, Willo Flood as well as Caley defender Darren Dods.

So it does appear that Aberdeen should be the main contenders to challenging the Old Firm and if the last game of the season is anything to be optimistic about, expecting to do very well against them too.

The signings of McNamara and Lee Mair bring experience and much ability to the defence which makes the loss of Russell Anderson slightly more bearable. But it`s the fact that the Dons have managed to keep Scott Severin, Jamie Smith, Chris Clark, Barry Nicholson and Michael Hart, all Scotland squad hopefuls, that should have fans flocking to the ticket office to pledge their Saturday afternoon`s to the club as those guys are just about all hitting their peak and this could be the season that they do.

The Dons are charging just £293 for a very good seat in the South Stand which covers all home SPL matches. Drop down a league and 100 miles south to Dundee where they, like Aberdeen, finished 3rd in the 1st Division you`ll find you`ll be paying £240 to see nothing like the standard of player on offer at Pittodrie and the likes of Stirling Albion, Morton and Clyde to look forward to. It puts it all into perspective.

In comparison to the regular SPL opposition, Motherwell will take £355 for the term, new boys Gretna want £300 from you, Dundee United are charging £345 for a similar seat at Tannadice which shows that the Dons are pricing watching the team at a very favorable rate. No need to even check what the Old Firm are charging for a full price book but rest assured it`s plenty more to watch the likes of new signings Kirk Broadfoot, Chris Killen, Scott McDonald and Alan Gow sit on the bench.

Pittodrie full is a daunting place and no doubt the sell out crowd played a massive part in Aberdeen recording that 2-0 victory over Rangers on Sunday the 20th of May to achieve the UEFA Cup qualification and if the stadium gets more atmosphere like that then there is no telling what the prize could be come next May on the last day of the season.

It`s time to do your bit, get onto the club by visiting RedWeb or dialling the ticket hotline 087 1983 1903 and help make next season one of the most memorable in history.