Aberdeen manager talks European qualification ahead of Celtic Park visit


Ahead of the Premiership opener tomorrow at Celtic Park, Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin talks about his side’s goals for the new season. Goodwin, who joined the Pittodrie side last April from St Mirren, said he is aiming for European qualification. The Dons will be against him as Scottish champions Ange Postecoglou look to score in the first game of the season.

As reported by STVGoodwin said his side are aiming for the top four and secure a place in European competition next season.

“We need a big improvement from what happened last season. Our main objective this year is to return to European competitions next season and qualify for these kinds of matches.

“We have to finish at least in the top four places in the league. This is our main objective at the moment.

“We have a game budget very similar to Hibs and Hearts. We know Hearts finished third in the table last year, so we should be up there competing with them this time around.

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“Last season was extremely disappointing for everyone involved, but it’s a brand new group. There are no scars from last season.

“There’s no reason this group of players can’t be positive and upbeat. The new guys have settled in really, really well.

“That must be the target. I’m not going to come here and say our target is the top six, I think the fans would be angry if we talked about that.

“Aberdeen are the third biggest supported club in the country and should be competing for the top three or four places every season and that’s what we want to start doing again this year.”

The Dons finished 10th last season but provided Celtic with stern tests, narrowly beating them on three occasions – wins that would propel Ange’s side to the title.

Aberdeen have enjoyed an impressive start to life under Goodwin this season with four wins from four in the Premier Sports Cup group stages, scoring twelve goals and conceding none. Celtic, meanwhile, will be looking to get the visitor’s season off to the worst possible start by inflicting a win that will serve as a league marker that last year was not unique.


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