Sport Aberdeen can push Celtic and Rangers all the way and deliver double Hoops shock insists Ryan Edmondson

09:15  22 october  2020
09:15  22 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Ryan Edmondson is adamant Aberdeen can shock Celtic twice in the next 11 days and muscle their way into becoming one of the lead roles in a blockbuster Scottish season.

The big Yorkshireman has only been north of the border for three months but it’s long enough for him to realise the script on this campaign is focused heavily on the Old Firm with an historic 10 in a row at stake.

Not that the Leeds loanee agrees. Edmondson insists there’s no reason why the Dons can’t push Celtic and Rangers all the way and provide a shock twist in the tale.

And he revealed it’s a question Derek McInnes has already posed of his players as they look to build on their best league start in four years.

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He insists his players are relaxed ahead of facing bottom three sides in a row. No team outwith Celtic or Rangers have won the league since Aberdeen last triumphed in 1985, a statistic which had previously left McInnes unwilling to talks up his side's chances of breaking that sequence.

It’s been four long decades since Aberdeen outmuscled the Old Firm on the back of a searing siege mentality hatched by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

And while Edmondson is far too young to remember those days, he almost channeled Fergie’s mantra as he asked why the Dons can’t be spoken of in the same breath as the Glasgow giants.

The 19-year-old blasted in his first goals in red in Tuesday’s 4-2 demolition of Hamilton to set the Dons up perfectly for a double shot at Celtic in league and cup starting with Sunday’s Premiership clash at Pittodrie.

Victory would take McInnes’ side level on points with the champions.

And, asked if the Dons can push the Old Firm all the way this year, Edmondson said: “Aberdeen is a massive club in the league. The squad we’ve got this year is so strong and we’ve got so much depth. Why can’t we (push them all the way)?

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“That’s a question the gaffer’s posed to us quite a lot. All the talk is about the Old Firm, Celtic and Rangers.

“Why not us? We’ve got the squad to do it, we’ve got the quality to do it.

“100 per cent we can get a couple of wins against Celtic and we can go to Rangers away and we have all confidence that we can get a result.

“But we take it game by game and all the focus is on the game we’ve got coming up. As long as we keep winning, it’s all we can do.”

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Bold words indeed and Edmondson continued: “Confidence is running high in the club. I think we’re playing unbelievable football at the minute.

“We keep an eye on other teams and their form and how they’re doing, but we try not to focus on that too much.

“We focus on ourselves and take it game by game. We’ll pick out their weaknesses, and hopefully we can put on a show and grind out a result.

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“We’ll go into Sunday full of confidence, especially off the back of a 4-2 win. We’ve got a lot of goals in us. We’ve got that quality coming in from the wide areas.

“We’ve got so much depth in the squad and the quality there. I’m sure we can go there full of confidence and play our game and grab a result.

“To be up there, in and around the big teams, we see ourselves as one of the top three teams.

“We’ve edged that little step closer. Sunday’s game will be massive for us, especially being that close to Celtic. If we can get a result above them, then it would be unbelievable for us as a club.

“It’s two massive games against Celtic and we know that. We’ll work towards that. They’re two completely different scenarios.

“It will be good for us. It’s always a good challenge against the Old Firm teams. It’ll test us but I think we’re feeling confident and we’ll be up for that test.”

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Edmondson was flying high after notching his first senior goals with a brace in the first half hammering of Hamilton.

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It was the teenager’s first start since moving on loan from Ellland Road in July.

And he was delighted to repay McInnes’ faith - especially with last season’s top scorer and fellow Yorkshireman Sam Cosgrove making his own first appearance in the squad as he edges closer to a return from injury.

Edmondson said: “It was my first senior start for the club and my first senior start as a player really. To grab a couple of goals and an assist is a dream come true for me.

“I’ve worked hard towards it so I’m happy that the gaffer has given me the opportunity to play.

“Thankfully I’ve rewarded him with a couple of goals and helped the lads towards a win against Hamilton.

“We’ve got unbelievable wide men, Scotty Wright, Jonny Hayes, Ryan Hedges, and all of them can put balls into the box.

“I think that’s what this club runs off. Me, Marley, big Sam, we just love balls into the box. That’s the players we are.

“When you’ve got those deliveries coming in, it’s hard not to score sometimes.

“When you’ve got that many forward players coming back from injury, it does drive you on a bit because you want to prove a point.”

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