Dons boss Derek McInnes has been pleased with what his team produced this year – and challenged them to finish it off with two wins.
Aberdeen finish 2017 with home games against Partick Thistle tonight and Hearts on Saturday.
The Reds’ run of three wins in a row was halted on Saturday as they went down 3-0 to Celtic at Parkhead.
That scoreline leaves second-placed Aberdeen eleven points behind the Hoops at the summit of the Premiership.
This year has been another strong one for the Dons. Last term they reached the Scottish Cup final and finished second to Celtic in the league.
They have shown during the first half of this campaign that they are once again the Bhoys’ strongest challengers.
Reflecting on the year, McInnes is happy with what his team have done.
But he wants them to finish it off in style by beating Partick – who lifted themselves off the bottom of the Premiership before Christmas with a 1-0 win over Hamilton at Firhill – and Hearts.
McInnes said: “We need to go as we are for the next couple of games and we can finish 2017 off positively.
“I’ve been pleased with what the players have given me this calendar year.
“If we can go and win our next two home games I think we’d be quite pleased with our work for this period.
“Then we can rest and do what we need to do in January and look forward to the second part of the campaign.”
Reflecting on the defeat at Parkhead, McInnes believes the game was closer than the scoreline suggests, but he believes the Dons were left to rue missed chances.
He added: “The two teams were very close and goals change games.
“We’re guilty of not getting in front when we had opportunities.”
Aberdeen are set to welcome Shay Logan and Ryan Christie back into their squad tonight.
Right-back Logan missed the Celtic game with a sickness bug and Christie couldn’t play because he is on loan from the Hoops and SPFL rules prevent loan players from appearing against their parent club.
Centre-back Scott McKenna is also expected to return after a calf problem meant he was only fit enough for the bench at Parkhead.
But striker Stevie May will be out.
He is still suffering the after-effects of Ryan Jack’s horror challenge on him during Aberdeen’s game with Rangers on December 3 and will not play again until after the winter break.
On the team news, McInnes said: “Logan will be alright, May won’t be, Christie obviously will be and we’re hoping McKenna should be.”