Incoming Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has again set Celtic in his sights, and has made a laughable remark to justify where they’re currently at.

Derek McInnes’ side are somehow third in the Scottish Premiership this season. But that doesn’t mean their form has been all that great. Out of their 14 league fixtures this season, the Dons have only won half of them. They also failed to reach the Betfred Cup semi-finals after being knocked out by Hearts.

Meanwhile, Cormack will take the chairmanship at Pittodrie next month as he takes over from outgoing chief Stewart Milne. As you would expect, he’s making some ambitious claims.


Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen have struggled to impress this season (Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Speaking to the Aberdeen Evening Express, he once again targeted ending Celtic’s dominance in the long-term as well as making a pointless remark about last season’s away form.

“That is the goal (being in a title race). I am never one to give up in competing. Every season is a new season and an opportunity to win everything we play for.

“Last season if it was based on away form we would have won the league. Obviously the home form was a challenge for us.

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“Listen, you can never say never and we will give it a real go. I love a challenge of knocking somebody off a perch that spends more than I do, whether it be on a software product or whether on a football pitch.”

Cormack might need to wake up at some point

Cormack is right to be ambitious, but his remark about the away form is a ludicrous one to make. For a start, if the season was based only on away form, we would only have played 19 games.

Aberdeen have beaten Celtic just once since 2016 (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He is actually right in what he’s saying. Aberdeen topped the away table last season with 36 points, that’s two more than us. However, their home form sees them sit as the sixth best in the league for last season (Who Scored).

More pertinently, however, would be where Aberdeen currently sit. After all, they lost the likes of Gary Mackay-Steven and Graeme Shinnie over the summer. Now they’re down to second in the away table having played more than the two teams below them.

Of course, the only stat that truly matters is the current league table. There’s always going to be a way for Cormack to dress Aberdeen up as some sort of sleeping giant. However, they remain nine points behind both of the Glasgow teams just now. They’re nowhere near Celtic.

Aberdeen haven’t done this since 1985 (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At the end of the day, they simply don’t have anywhere near enough talent in their squad to be challenging. Their results against Celtic and Rangers this season point to an aggregate score of 0-9. It’s horrific stuff, and they’ve most certainly regressed after a summer of questionable recruitment.

Cormack’s words mean absolutely nothing for now. He said the same about challenging Celtic two days ago on the official Dons website. It remains to be seen if he does have some sort of grand-plan in place, or whether he’s just another delusional dandy.

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