Rising striker Bruce Anderson hopes two game-changing goals from the bench can finally secure a first Aberdeen start.
The 20-year-old is desperate to get the nod against Hibs on Friday for his debut start having netted the equaliser as a substitute in the 2-1 win at Kilmarnock.
That was his second telling contribution off the bench this season having delivered an injury-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Rangers in the first match of the Premiership.
If that is not enough to start against Hibs, however, the Pittodrie youth graduate will continue to graft to prove to boss Derek McInnes that he can trust him to lead the Dons attack.
Anderson’s goals were this week recognised with a call up to the Scotland U20 squad for the friendly against Turkey in Murcia, Spain on November 17.
He said: “I just want to come on and do as well as I can and prove to the manager that he can trust me.
“I want to start games. Everyone wants to do that. At this moment in my career, whether it is coming off the bench and doing what I can, it is all about learning.
“I am just trying to develop as a player and whatever it is, starting or not, I will just do my best.
“I want to make a big impact.
“Thankfully when I came on against Kilmarnock I managed to score a goal with what was my first touch.
“Hopefully I can kick on now.”
Anderson’s goal return this season certainly merits consideration for a potential start.
Although yet to start, he has scored twice.
That is in 11 late appearances off the bench, adding up to just 197 minutes of game action.
On-loan Manchester United striker James Wilson has scored twice this season in seven starts and once off the bench, equating to 536 minutes game time. Sam Cosgrove has two goals in eight starts and four substitute appearances over 699 minutes.
Stevie May, a £400,000 signing from Preston last summer, has scored just once in six starts and eight substitute appearances this season, over 686 minutes.
Anderson said: “For me it is just about being patient.
“I trust what the manager is doing with me and I am just trying to work hard in training and score goals.
“When the manager feels it is right to start me he will.
“I will just keep my head down and work as hard as I can. Then when I get the chance I need to score as many goals as I can.”
Anderson has grabbed opportunities this season, none more so than at Rugby Park with his first touch of the ball moments after replacing Wilson.
It was the catalyst for the Dons, who had been way below par, to fight back for a vital victory.
He said: “I saw Niall cut in. He does it in training all the time where he cuts back on to his right and whips it into the front post.
“I anticipated the ball and managed to flick it on and wrong foot the keeper. We kicked on from that.”
Hopes of securing anything from Rugby Park looked forlorn until Anderson scored.
He said: “We have great characters in the dressing room.
“Even if we do go a goal down we always think we are going to go on and win.
“We have a good mentality and you saw the character of the boys against Kilmarnock.”
Currently seventh the Dons are level on points with sixth-placed Hibs but trail the Easter Road side on goal difference.
Victory over Hibs on Friday would elevate Aberdeen above them into the league’s top half.
On being in the bottom six, Anderson said: “That is something we are trying to rectify. We are gaining confidence now and have won three on the bounce.
“Hopefully now we can start racking up the points and get ourselves back up the table.
“Ideally we can continue the momentum into Friday’s game and get another three points.”
The Dons have followed up a Betfred Cup semi-final success over Rangers at Hampden with league defeats of Hamilton and Kilmarnock.
Anderson said: “It has been a massive week for us and we were all delighted in the dressing room.”