Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine’s comments on closing the gap on Celtic are starting to look a tad embarrassing now.
At the start of December Considine was giving it the big one. He bigged up Aberdeen’s chances of overtaking Celtic when they hadn’t even overtaken Hibs.
Speaking in the Daily Record several weeks ago, here’s what the Dons defender had to say on second place:
“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.”
Andy’s Celtic comments were selective at the time; now it’s showing
Considine’s comments were extremely selective at the time. He chose to ignore Celtic’s games in hand when discussing the league table position. He also decided not to mention the fact that Aberdeen were extremely lucky to get a point against us at Pittodrie.
Now, that selective thinking is showingin the results. Since Considine bigged his side up, their run of form reads as the following:
St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen. Aberdeen 2-0 Ross County. Kilmarnock 0-2 Aberdeen. Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen.
Listen, it’s not dreadful stuff, but imagine this was Celtic’s last four results. There would be a full-on crisis at the club and major questions would be being asked. Derek McInnes’ side will look at this and tell you it’s four unbeaten. That’s the difference.
As for Considine’s Premiership prediction, look at the table now. Celtic are two points clear 0f them with two games in-hand. One of those is against Aberdeen which will likely take us to five points with two games in-hand. The Dons are still nowhere near us, and this is supposed to be us in a crisis too.
Their main goal should be overtaking Hibs and taking it from there. Big visions of Champions League grandeur is great to have in the back of your mind. But Considine really should’ve kept quiet about this at the start of the month.
It had all the makings of a statement that looked silly. Now it’s proving to be just that.