It’s the conversation you could have with your pals all day – what is the best Dons goal you’ve seen?
Some of you will think it’s James Maddison’s unsaveably perfect free-kick against Rangers in 2016, others Eoin Jess’ run from halfway and incredible Ibrox howitzer in 1998 or maybe Neil Simpson’s mazy run to score in the rout of Waterschei in 1983.
Over the coming weeks, we’ve decided to try to settle the argument once and for all by crowning Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal via a reader vote.
To be clear, features we’ll run on the contenders for Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal, followed by a closing poll to determine the winner, won’t necessarily focus on goals of significance which have secured silverware or qualification, like John Hewitt’s header in Gothenburg or Darren Mackie’s finish in Dnipro.
What we are talking about is goals of technical brilliance, made either individually or as a team, some of which could be meaningless in terms of competitions and silverware.
Today’s contender for the best Dons goal ever scored:
20. Adam Rooney, St Johnstone 1 – Aberdeen 1, Premiership (23/1/15)
Rooney himself tweeted light-heartedly this week about his unfair reputation as a prodigious tap-in and penalties merchant.
However, this strike, which featured in an SPFL compilation of his most impressive Dons finishes before his departure in 2018, proves he was also capable of netting beautiful goals.
This finish at McDiarmid Park against St Johnstone is reminiscent of Rory Fallon’s Scottish Cup semi-final volley, which was number eight on our list of contenders.
However, the goal is also the product of decent team move, with Mark Reynolds’ long ball forward flicked on by David Goodwillie. There’s something satisfying about the way Rooney then heads the ball down into the turf, which bounces back up at the perfect height for him to lash into the top-right corner, beyond the despairing Alan Mannus, and level the score at 1-1.