Andrew Considine today vowed to silence the Dons’ doubters by proving they are still the second force in Scotland.
Defender Considine expects the Reds to be questioned after losing to both Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow.
Aberdeen failed to end a 25-year wait for a win at Ibrox as they lost 2-1 to Rangers, for a fourth defeat in the last six games. That Ibrox reverse followed a 3-0 League Cup final loss to Celtic at Hampden.
Considine, 29, reassured the Red Army that the Dons have the fight and quality to rally from the Old Firm setback to regain pole position in the race for runners-up spot.
He said: “I am sure people will question this team but we have a strong group of lads in the dressing room that can handle that.
“When you play for a club like Aberdeen questions get asked of you ever week.
“However, we need to shut out anything that is said and concentrate on our own game.
“All we can do is start winning games again and answer any critics by having a strong month.
“The team is full of strong characters who have the mentality to turn a tough week of sucker punches into a good month.
“It was a massive week but there are three games at Pittodrie now so we cannot let our heads drop.
“We have to deliver.”
Following defeat at Ibrox the Reds trail second placed Rangers by five points, but have played two games less.
The first of those games in hand is against Kilmarnock at Pittodrie tomorrow.
With Celtic having dropped two points in 39 in their title defence the fight looks to be to finish best of the rest.
Aberdeen have secured runners-up spot to Celtic for the last two seasons.
Considine is determined to make it a treble.
He said: “It is important we get back on track tomorrow and start getting results we need.
“December is a huge time for every team in the league as games come thick and fast. There is no reason to dwell on bad results and we go against Kilmarnock full of confidence.
“We are battling it out with four or five teams, so it is vital we stay up there. We want to be sitting pretty at the end of the month.”
Considine netted an injury-time consolation goal at Ibrox.
He said: “People looking at Ibrox will probably see a big difference from last weekend’s final.
“But although we showed fight and aggression we still lost the game.
” You only get so many chances against Rangers and we didn’t take them. We will make sure we do that next time we are playing them at Ibrox.”