Aberdeen ace Stevie May today said they fear no team in Scotland.
The Dons have made a strong start to the domestic season by winning all four games they have played in Scottish football.
A 2-0 victory on the Premiership’s opening weekend against Hamilton Academical has been followed up with 2-1 wins over Ross County in Dingwall and Dundee at Pittodrie to give the Reds nine points from nine.
Those results, coupled with reaching the Betfred Cup quarter-finals courtesy of a 1-0 win over the Accies in Lanarkshie, have made it the perfect start to the Scottish season for Aberdeen.
May, who was signed for a reported £400,000 from English Championship club Preston North End, got his first goals for the Dons by grabbing both in the victory against the Dee.
And the striker wants Aberdeen to continue their fine start in the weeks ahead, and believes they will do so because there is no team in Scotland they are afraid of facing.
Last season Derek McInnes’ team finished 30 points behind unbeaten champions Celtic. While May wouldn’t be drawn on whether they will challenge the Hoops for the Premiership title this term, he insists there is no side they fear.
He said: “There’s always a chance we can be closer to Celtic because I think we have a really good team that can go and achieve things this season.
“We have players who can win games single-handedly and when they all click there will be good results out there.
“I’m not thinking about Celtic or points totals or positions at the moment.
“The Premiership is slightly different from what it was when I left St Johnstone in 2014.
“There are a few teams who are stronger now than what they were then, but it goes the other way as well and other teams are weaker than what they were.
“There’s no team in this league we fear.”
The reason for May’s belief in his new team is the strength of the squad at manager McInnes’ disposal.
After watching established stars like Niall McGinn, Jonny Hayes and Ryan Jack leave, along with the departures of Ash Taylor and Peter Pawlett, some worried if the Dons would be as strong as they have been in recent seasons.
But with the signings of May along with Greg Tansey, Gary Mackay-Steven, Kari Arnason and Nicky Maynard permanently and the loan additions of Ryan Christie and Greg Stewart, the Pittodrie squad is arguably stronger this season.
And that is why May is unfazed by whoever the Dons will face.
The 24-year-old: “The squad here is exciting. There is an abundance of talent. I’ve played with a good few of the players here in the Scotland under-21s and also when I’ve been involved with the full Scotland team, so I know their ability.
“Even when I was at Preston I was looking in and keeping an eye out for signings and stuff like that.
“I was surprised by one or two who the manager brought in.
“But I think a big reason behind it is the manager selling the club to the players.
“The signings speak for themselves.
“There are top players here and when we are at the top of our game we’ll beat anyone.
“You want to be strong throughout the season, but you always look for a good start.
“We’ve got a run of games ahead of us and there’s no reason why we can’t win them.
“With the squad we have, every game is winnable.”
May has started both of Aberdeen’s matches against Ross County and Dundee since arriving in the Granite City.
But he faces plenty of competition to nail down a permanent starting spot.
Adam Rooney, the first striker since Joe Harper to score 20 goals or more for three seasons in a row, is back from injury.
Maynard is looking to establish himself as the team’s focal point and Jayden Stockley is seeking more regular action in his second season at Pittodrie.
But May enjoys competition and would also be happy to play alongside another striker, as he did for 15 minutes on Saturday when McInnes played him in attack alongside Maynard.
He said: “There are three other strikers here – but competition is healthy.
“I’m used to having competition and I’m sure they are, but I think there are positions up for grabs if you do well.
“That goes for anyone, but it’s not a bad thing at all.
“We’re a strong squad and we want to win together regardless of who is playing.
“Who plays will take care of itself.
“I do enjoy playing with other strikers and over the years you strike up partnerships.
“When I was at St Johnstone I had a great partnership with Steven MacLean.
“But until you get playing and linking up with people that doesn’t happen.
“What helps is that I have played with some of the players before for Scotland U21s and apart from that I have played against about 95% of the squad here – so I know what they are capable of.”