New signing Gary Mackay-Steven today warned Aberdeen will go on the attack with all guns blazing in Bosnia.
The Dons must score in the Balkans having conceded an away goal in the 1-1 draw with NK Siroki Brijeg at Pittodrie.
The mercury is set to hit 80 degrees for the Europa League second qualifying round second leg tie.
But Mackay-Steven insists the Dons are determined to pile the pressure on Siroki Brijeg by drawing first blood.
And the former Celtic winger, who signed a two-year deal just 24 hours before the first leg, is determined to run the Bosnians ragged to create chances.
He said: “We are looking to attack in Bosnia tonight and go all guns blazing.
“All of the team are going into this tie with a positive mindset because we know we can get goals.
“Hopefully I can create chances for the boys and contribute to the team any way I can.
“It will be a good test for us but we can definitely get through.”
Aberdeen opted not to train at Siroki Brijeg’s stadium last night and instead had a morning session at Pittodrie before jetting out on a noon flight to the Balkans.
Mackay-Steven insists the heat and humidity will not be an issue tonight.
He said: “It will be a bit different with the heat out here in Bosnia but it has been really hot in Aberdeen for the last few days so we got a wee taster.
“I am sure we will get the fluids on board and will be ready to go.”
The 26-year-old winger made his Dons debut when pitched in from the start in the 1-1 draw in the first leg at Pittodrie – less than 24 hours after signing.
“I feel a lot sharper and played 60 minutes in the first leg which is in the tank now and great,” he said. “I didn’t think I would manage an hour but I did.
“I have trained hard the whole week and both myself and all the boys will be fitter and sharper for that.
“As far as myself, it is just a case of getting to know the players here and them getting to know me.”
NK Siroki Brijeg have warned Aberdeen to expect “hell” at the sell-out stadium tonight.
Mackay-Steven insists that does not worry him. “That doesn’t affect us,” he said
“We just concentrate on our own game and we are all raring to go and looking forward to it.”
Aberdeen received a huge boost before jetting out when boss Derek McInnes and assistant Tony Docherty committed to extended contracts until 2020.
Mackay-Steven said: “It was fantastic news to hear the manager had signed the new deal and committed for another year.
“They are just continuing the great work that they have done over the last few years. Signing that new deal gave everyone a lift.”
Mackay-Steven has featured in the Champions League group stages before and played as a second-half substitute in Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
He is determined to take a step towards the groups by reaching the third qualifying round with the Reds tonight.
He said: “It is only half-time in the tie and we are out here in Bosnia really confident we can get through.
“Although it was frustrating to lose that away goal we know we are more than capable of getting a result.
“We have only just started playing competitively this season so we are a little bit rusty. But we are capable of scoring and getting through the tie.”
That is a belief shared by team-mate Andy Considine.
Defender Considine thought he had dodged one “hellish” trip only to find out the Dons had landed another.
Aberdeen’s longest serving player was relieved to avoid a nine-hour, 5,000-mile flight when Siroki Brijeg knocked out Kazakhstan’s Ordabasy in the previous round.
However, Bosnia looks equally precarious. Especially as Siroki Brijeg’s Stipo Markovic, the goalscorer in the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie, warned the Dons would be entering “hell” at the Pecaro Stadion tonight.
Earlier this month the Bosnians were ordered to play three domestic games behind closed doors after their fans chanted fascist slogans at a cup final against Sarajevo in May. Add in sweltering heat, humidity at 50% and conceding an away goal.
However, Considine has suffered enough Euro frustration in recent seasons, and is determined to overcome all those factors to progress.
He said: “I don’t think anyone in our dressing room fancied going back to Kazakhstan. That trip was hellish.
“Bosnia is also going to be very tough but I think we have the squad to handle it.
“Playing in Europe is something all the players here relish and it is a test we are all up to.
“It is going to be a big ask but we have come up against some big names in Europe before and gone through.
“We have flown the flag for Scotland in the Europa League for the last couple of years.
“We will do our best as we have had very good runs in Europe.