Aberdeen star Logan lucky to have faith in his team, but talk of robbing Celtic of title is just a bit premature

Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

Dons ace Shay Logan today insisted they won’t get carried away with talk of them being able to challenge Celtic for the Premiership title this season.

The Reds have made an excellent start to the domestic campaign.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Murrayfield against Hearts left Aberdeen with four wins and a draw from their opening five league fixtures and they sit second in the table behind Celtic only on goal difference.

Derek McInnes’ team have also reached the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup.

But Logan is not getting carried away with their start and revealed that the Dons’ mantra is simple: one game at a time, and keep trying to win.

He said: “It’s been a great start to the season with the wins in the league and the cup.

“It’s points on the board, you know, that is all we have to keep doing is to take every game as it comes and keep putting points on the board.

“Then we’ll see where it gets us.”

When asked what he thinks the Dons can achieve in the Premiership this campaign, Logan didn’t want to be drawn on Aberdeen’s chances of usurping a Celtic side that were unbeaten in Scottish football last term.

The Englishmen added: “I don’t know, it will take a strong effort to take first place with the way Celtic are.

“They are a very strong team and Brendan Rodgers has a good set of players there, and he is a great manager who gets them playing really, really well.

“They’ll be really high on confidence which makes it tough but we just keep putting points on the board and then at the end of the season we’ll see where it takes us.

“We won’t even look at where we are after 11 games when we’ve played everybody, we just play it game by game and try to win.

“If we get the three points we don’t worry about any of the other stuff.”

Some may not have predicted such a strong start after the amount of personnel changes at Pittodrie over the summer.

A settled side lost influential wingers Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn.

Captain Ryan Jack, defender Ash Taylor and midfielder Peter Pawlett also departed during the close season, while strikers Jayden Stockley and Miles Storey have also recently left.

In their place, manager McInnes has brought in eight new faces.

Ryan Christie, Greg Stewart and Dominic Ball have joined on loan for the season and Gary Mackay-Steven, Stevie May, Nicky Maynard, Kari Arnason and Greg Tansey have all arrived in the Granite City permanently.

While the squad has been overhauled Logan insists it has been “easy” to get used to playing with new faces.

The right-back said: “It’s all easy.

“It does take time to gel with everybody but it’s funny because I used to play against Greg Stewart when he was at Dundee but now he’s alongside me.

“It’s been very easy for me to get on with it.

“Stevie May has come in and I think he has been excellent.

“It shows the strength we have – in games this season we have brought Ryan Christie off the bench, Nicky Maynard off the bench and we have others like Scott Wright.

“It shows the depth in our team and it is definitely a great time to be an Aberdeen supporter.”

Logan also believes having such depth in the squad is essential if they are to compete on three fronts domestically this term, but would not be drawn on whether this season’s squad is stronger.

He said: “We definitely will need everyone because there are two cups to go for, and a league to challenge for as well.

“It’s a team game, not just an individual sport, so you need the team around you.

“You will get players who won’t get a sniff of the action for five, six, seven games and then will come on in a game and end up scoring the winner.

“That is what you need, a good strong team with depth throughout – and we have that.

“I don’t know (if the squad is stronger). I can’t really say either way because good players have gone but we’ve brought in good players as well.

“It’s a team that has and will gel together and the manager will get us playing how he wants.”

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