Andrew Considine targets splitting Rangers and Celtic for Champions League spot

Andy Considine insisted Aberdeen can gatecrash the Champions League by splitting the Glasgow clubs and finishing second in the Premiership.

Scotland will have two representatives in the qualifying stages of Europe’s top competition next term and the Dons and Scotland defender is adamant his team can be one of them.

Aberdeen will go level on points with second placed Celtic – who play on Sunday – if they beat St Mirren in Paisley on Sunday.

And that, as much as revenge for last week’s Betfred Cup defeat to the Saints, is all the motivation they’ll need.

Considine said: “If we can have a good month we can get ourselves as close to the top of the table as possible.

“If we can win this weekend we would go level on points with Celtic before they play on Sunday.

“Can we get second place and the Champions League spot? Of course, why not?

“When we are playing well and consistently enough as a team, with everyone fit, we are a match for anyone.

“When we had Celtic at home a couple of months ago we showed a good account of ourselves and should have won the game.

“So I feel we can handle ourselves against the top two teams, so I feel second place is definitely up for grabs, absolutely.

“We just need to go back to basics after a bad week and get the results we need.”

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