Boss Derek McInnes is delighted striker Stevie May has found his scoring touch again just before a vital double header with Rangers.
Aberdeen travel to Ibrox tomorrow night before hosting the Gers at Pittodrie on Sunday.
Summer signing May had endured an eight-game goal drought.
May’s winner in the 3-1 win at Kilmarnock at the weekend was the first time he had scored since September 16 – in a 1-1 draw with Killie.
May has started 13 of 14 games since his £400,000 transfer from Preston North End.
The 2-0 loss to Motherwell last weekend was the only time the 25-year-old had been on the bench and that was because he had been suffering from a flu bug in the build-up to the game.
McInnes said: “You can dress it up and say Stevie is still contributing and making good runs and working extremely hard, but you know and I know that a centre forward needs his goals.
“A striker is not feeling good about himself unless he is scoring.
“You always feel there are goals in him and over the course of the season Stevie will be happy with his contribution.”
May netted the Dons’ third goal in the victory at Rugby Park but McInnes reckons the centre-forward was unfortunate not to be celebrating a hat-trick.
He had a legitimate goal chalked off when the Reds were 2-0 up.
May turned in a cross from Gary Mackay-Steven but it was ruled out by referee Steven McLean who ruled Mackay-Steven offside.
McInnes watched re-runs immediately after full-time and reckons it was the wrong call.
A header from May was also deflected into the net by Stephen O’Donnell for the second goal.
McInnes said: “Stevie got our last touch for the second goal before it came off their boy. “He then had another goal which should have stood before he scored a fine individual goal. So he was close to a hat-trick.
“That highlights that he is putting himself in good positions.”
Aberdeen face Rangers less than a week after McInnes ruled out any chance of him moving to Ibrox. The 46-year-old had been favourite for the vacant Rangers position since Pedro Caixinha was sacked more than a month ago.
McInnes insists the speculation did not affect his squad.
He said: “I was not aware of any issues in the dressing room.
“It is an easy thing to assume when you lose a game.
“I feel as though we have been working away as normal. “Sometimes when you do the work, prepare the team and set them up; kick off comes and you don’t always get the result, as was the case late week.
”That was a sore one to take.”
McInnes has no injury concerns for Ibrox.
He said: “We have no injuries throughout the squad at the moment.”