Date: 26th June 2007 at 11:40pm
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The gates to hell open on Thursday and every Aberdeen player has got a one way ticket.

immy Calderwood has promised his players a nightmare pre-season fitness regime as he bids to improve on last season`s 3rd place SPL finish.

Jimmy has put in place a training schedule that has already begun and he expects his players to be able to complete the twelve bursts of 800 metres that makes up the eight miles they`ll be running as of Thursday.

Jimmy has delivered a training schedule for all his boys and expects them back nearly just as fit as when they played their last match, the now famous 2-0 victory over Rangers on the last day of the season.

Calderwood told the P&J the value of his strict agenda and those who told adhere to it will find their Pittodrie careers ending prematurely.

Jimmy said, ‘Last season we finished a number of matches very strongly and always played right until the final whistle.

‘We scored some very late valuable goals like Steve Lovell’s equaliser against Caley up at Inverness.

‘Every player has to be extremely fit to cope with the demands of the SPL and the players know what is expected of them this summer.

‘The late goals we scored probably helped us seal a place in the UEFA Cup.’

So with his belief in his tough programme and the benefits it brought the team last year, Jimmy has put in place an even more grueling month of tasks before heading off to Egypt for the warm up tournament and he`s warned the squad to make the most of the time they have left before it begins.

“The players should enjoy the next two days off as it is the last they will have for a while. When we get together on Thursday it will be a light session, nothing too strenuous, but the next 10 days after that will be hell.

‘The boys can look forward to seeing me, Jimmy Nicholl, Sandy Clark and Neil Cooper standing with stopwatches.’

ith the Dons August the 4th match against Dundee United still sometime away, it`s good to hear that the Aberdeen players are quite likely to emulate their achievements of being one of the leagues fittest teams and the fans can look forward to seeing the guys on the field being able to give everything for 90 minutes.

I just wouldn`t like to be one of those on the wrong end of the coaching teams whips come Thursday morning.