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:
4. Jonny Hayes, Aberdeen 2 – Celtic 1, Premiership (25/2/14)
It seems fitting to feature this goal today after news broke over the weekend Irishman Hayes is set to be a free agent at the end of his Celtic deal.
This strike in 2014 was the pick of his goals for Aberdeen in what was a fantastic five-year spell.
All of the build-up to this 2-1 Reds win over the Hoops at Pittodrie had been about visiting keeper Fraser Forster’s clean-sheet record, as he came looking for his 12th consecutive shut-out.
However, on 40 minutes, his run was ended emphatically by his future Celts’ pal Hayes.
The Celtic midfield were sucked towards Niall McGinn on the right as he shifted the ball across to his Dons team-mate. As a result, they were unable to get in front of Hayes’ left-footed strike, which – from more than 30 yards – curled outward into the top corner. An absolute stunner.
What did Hayes have to say about his wonder strike?
After the win over Celtic, Hayes claimed he hadn’t scored a better goal, saying: “It’s the best goal I’ve scored so far.
“When the ball dropped in front of me I just decided to have a pop and I was delighted to see it fly in.”