Adam Rooney is determined to help the Dons make it into Europe again so he can add to his fine scoring record in continental competition.
Aberdeen are well placed to qualify for the Europa League for the fifth year in a row.
The Reds are three points clear of Rangers and Hibs with three matches left.
Derek McInnes’ men take on the Hibees and the Gers at Pittodrie in their next two fixtures and have the opportunity to secure a fourth successive second-place finish.
That would take the Dons into the second qualifying round of next season’s Europa League – unless Motherwell win the Scottish Cup. Then, the Reds would enter at the first qualifying round.
Rooney hopes to feature in the Europa League once again as he chases down Mark McGhee’s European goal record for Aberdeen.
The Irishman has netted nine times for the Dons in Europe and is fourth on the all-time list.
Gothenburg Great McGhee leads the way with 14 strikes, John Hewitt is second with 12 goals including winners against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid during the victorious Cup Winners’ Cup campaign in 1983.
Drew Jarvie is third on the list on 10, with Rooney ahead of greats like Joe Harper and Gordon Strachan (both eight), and Eric Black (seven).
Rooney is quick to acknowledge that those around him in the list claimed their goals against a higher standard of opposition. But he is still proud to be mentioned in the same bracket as club legends.
The 30-year-old said: “They probably scored against a higher level in the past than I’m playing against. But it’s nice to know I’m in there.
“I always try to hit those targets and it would be nice to get another chance to add to that total.
“It would be great to get another chance to try to catch him (McGhee) up.
“I like to try to get as many goals as I can and try to break into, whether it’s the top 20 or top 10 scorers, or whatever the next target is.
“I’ve got targets in my head and it would be nice to get there.”
One frustration Aberdeen have had during the last four European campaigns is their failure to make it beyond the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
Rooney has had prior experience of the group stages with Birmingham City in the 2011/12 season.
He knows it’s tough to get there but hopes if the Dons do qualify for Europe again they can go further than the third qualifying round.
Rooney added: “The European competition is great and the games are great occasions.
“We’ve been frustrated for the last few years that we haven’t made it to the groups.
“But it’s not a very easy competition.
“I was lucky enough to get into the groups when I was with Birmingham City.
“But we had one play-off game and we were in the groups, whereas at Aberdeen for the last number of years we’ve had three or four rounds to reach the groups.
“It’s difficult because you’re playing teams like Apollon Limassol who beat us this season.
“They went on to draw with Everton at Goodison Park in the group and people felt we should be beating them.
“So that highlights the strength of the competition – teams that people aren’t too aware of can go and do well in the competition.
“The European games are brilliant for fans and some of them get a trip away. Some of the best trips we’ve had have been the likes of Rjieka and Groningen.
“There have been some great occasions and that’s what you want to play in because I remember those games well.”
Another goal-scoring target in Rooney’s sights is hitting a century for Aberdeen.
So far in his Dons career he has plundered 88 goals.
He said: “It’s nice to know, but it’s not something you think about when you’re on the pitch. But afterwards it’s nice to be told and it’s something to look back on in the future.
“That’s probably when I’ll be more proud of it – but it’s always nice to hit targets.
“That (the ton) is the next one I’m aiming for and if I hit it hopefully I can look back and be proud of it. Hopefully I can add a lot more than that.
“I think I hit 56 with Inverness and that would be the next most I’ve scored for anyone.
“Aberdeen is by far the most I’ve scored for anyone. It takes consistency and it’s something I’m proud of because I think I’ve averaged 20 a season since I’ve been here.
“It’s something I want to keep up and improve on if anything. Obviously I rely on service and that is something we’ve done consistently for the last few years.
“If we can keep getting service and I can keep hitting the numbers then it will bode well for the club.”